Newcastle Utd boss warns of complacency against Norwich City

BLOW ... United's Fabricio Coloccini, right, is sidelined with a groin problem.
BLOW ... United's Fabricio Coloccini, right, is sidelined with a groin problem.

ALAN Pardew is determined that there’s no complacency at St James’s Park tomorrow – on or off the pitch.

Newcastle United will take on Norwich City looking for a third successive Premier League victory after memorable wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

What’s more, Pardew’s ninth-placed side kept clean sheets against both teams without captain Fabricio Coloccini, who is pushing for a recall after recovering from a groin injury.

“We’ve also got Steven Taylor and Sadio (Massadio Haidara) available, so there’s real competition in the back four which I didn’t have two or three weeks ago,” Pardew said.

“As I say, the picture is great today, but the picture needs to be really, really good on Tuesday with three points in the bag.

“It’s no good me talking it up. My message to fans is not to be complacent as well and think we’re going to win.

“They need to give us the backing that they can. If we can respond to that, we’ll find ourselves in a good position.”

Defender Paul Dummett (hamstring), however, isn’t expected to be involved.

“We’ve got everybody fit with the exception of Paul Dummett, who probably isn’t available for this particular game,” he said.

l PAPISS Demba Cisse’s ready to put his World Cup heartache behind him – by hitting form at Newcastle United.

The striker returned to Tyneside from international this week disappointed after Senegal were beaten in a World Cup play-off by Ivory Coast.

However, Cisse’s frustration wasn’t evident on the training pitch yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Norwich City.

“He was absolutely brilliant – he was our best player on the training ground,” said Pardew.

“That’s really good to see. He’s focused on getting back in the team and scoring goals.

“He’s a big player for us, and we need him in the goals.

“I’ve been really boosted by his personality and performance.”

Cisse – who is yet to score a Premier League goal this season – lost his place in United’s starting XI last month.