ALAN Pardew has challenged his depleted Newcastle United side to play with their hearts AND their heads at Stamford Bridge – and put the club’s Tyne-Wear debacle behind them.
Newcastle were beaten 3-0 by Sunderland at St James’s Park last weekend.
And the defeat – the club’s third successive derby loss – provoked an angry reaction on Tyneside.
The defeat came in the aftermath of Yohan Cabaye’s controversial sale to Paris Saint-Germain, and Pardew has since lost stand-in captain Cheik Tiote to injury.
Pardew will also be without suspended leading scorer Loic Remy, as well as the injury Yoan Gouffran, while Papiss Demba Cisse – who scored a sensational goal at Stamford Bridge two seasons ago – is unlikely to be involved because of a back problem.
Chelsea have never lost a home Premier League game under Jose Mourinho.
But United manager Pardew – whose side are eighth in the table – believes his players can claim an unlikely rest at Stamford Bridge – if they play with “intelligence and purpose”.
“We’ve lost Cheik this week, which means we have no Coloccini, no Gouffran, no Papiss, probably, no Cheik Tiote and no Cabaye, obviously,” Pardew said.
“We’ve got some big players missing.
“But between now and the summer we need to have a look at some players, and find out what they’re about. We need a reaction on the pitch in terms of a real purposeful performances.
“The chances of winning their are slim – Mourinho’s never been beaten at home – but we need to show our fans we’ve got a bit of purpose and intelligence about what we’re doing.
“That’s what we’re going to try to do on Saturday. If we do that well, maybe we’ll get a result.”
Pardew has admitted there was some soul searching at the club’s training ground in the wake of the Sunderland defeat before the squad got to work on their preparations for the Chelsea game.
“Monday and Tuesday, we need to get the emotion of that defeat out of our systems,” he said. “It was a tough one to take.
“We’ve managed to do that, and (yesterday) was a working day, for me.
“We’re working towards Chelsea, and we need to be purposeful in our approach to the game.
“The team has worked well, but that defeat will never leave the players. It never leaves you. You carry that, as we carried the victory at Man United.
“You can’t forget those big days, but you’ve got to move on – quickly.
“That’s what we’ll do at Chelsea.”
Mourinho’s third-placed side are two points behind league leaders Arsenal after Monday night’s win at Manchester City.