UNDER-pressure Alan Pardew’s looking for his Newcastle United side to put the boot into Manchester City and Chelsea – after getting a “kicking” in the Wear-Tyne derby.
Newcastle were beaten 2-1 by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
The result – the club’s second successive derby defeat – provoked an angry backlash from supporters.
And Pardew – who came under renewed fire in the wake of the defeat – admitted he faces a challenge picking up his beleaguered players ahead of tomorrow night’s Capital One Cup tie against Man City at St James’s Park.
The fourth-round tie is followed by a Premier League home game against Chelsea on Saturday.
Pardew felt his team, beaten by a late Fabio Borini goal at the Stadium of Light, were “kicked when they were down” in the derby.
United must now pick themselves up – and quickly.
And Pardew is looking for a place in the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup – and three Premier League points.
“We’ve got to try to turn the situation into a positive for us, and get a couple of wins quickly,” Pardew said.
“We all need a lift after that. As I say, it’s hard to take – an 84th-minute goal when you’ve bossed the second half.
“That’s football – it sometimes kicks you when you’re down. It’s kicked us, and I didn’t think we deserved it.”
Newcastle have beaten Leeds United and Morecambe so far in the Capital One Cup, a competition in which the club has struggled to make progress in recent years.
Pardew has talked of “attacking” the domestic cup competitions this term.
However, United’s record in the League and FA cups is poor under Pardew, though last season he did guide Newcastle to Europa League’s quarter finals, where they were beaten by eventual runners-up Benfica.
l CASH admission will be available for tomorrow night’s cup tie (7.45pm kick-off).
Turnstiles numbered 52, 52, 54 and 55 in the Gallowgate East Corner and 67, 68, 69 and 70 in the Gallowgate West Corner will be open for cash admissions.
Tickets are £20 for adults and £5 for concessions.