ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United are ready to take care of business at the DW Stadium – after coming down from their European high.
Pardew’s team face third-bottom Wigan Athletic tomorrow still needing points to secure another season of Premier League football.
But preparation time has been at a premium for Pardew and his coaching staff.
Newcastle beat Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night to qualify for the Europa League’s quarter-finals, where they will meet Benfica.
And Pardew – who watched yesterday’s draw with his players at the club’s training ground – only has today to prepare his team for the game against Roberto Martinez’s side, who reached the FA Cup semi-finals last weekend.
United were beaten 4-0 at the DW Stadium last season – and Pardew’s understandably wary of Wigan.
“It was about the draw, and a little bit of enjoying our glamour, you could argue – the players probably deserve that,” Pardew said.
“But it’s very much about business being back on – we have a very difficult team to play in Wigan.
“Their manager has a dilemma – he left out three or four of his best players, and they won 3-0 at Everton. We don’t really know what their team will be.
“What we do know is that last year was one of the biggest disappointments of our season. We went there as a team in a Champions League position, and we got beat.
“That’s what we have to put right, and hopefully we’ll have the mental strength to do that.”
With both sides buoyed by cup successes, it promises to be an intriguing afternoon in Greater Manchester.
“You have to say that both teams are coming off the best result of the season,” added Pardew.
“Forget what other results we’ve had this season, that was our best win. They’re the best team we’ve beaten this season, and I include Chelsea in that.
“It was a hell of a coup for us, and Wigan’s (3-0) win at Everton was one of their best results of the season. It made everybody’s heads turn.
“It’s important that neither our players or Wigan’s players get carried away.
“Our business is the Premier League, and we need to make sure we put in a really disciplined display.”