Alan Pardew hopes inside knowledge pays off

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ALAN Pardew knows Sunderland duo Darren Bent and Anton Ferdinand inside out – and he intends to use that information to Newcastle United’s advantage tomorrow.

Pardew worked with Darren Bent at Charlton Athletic, and Ferdinand at West Ham United.

While he rates the pair highly, Pardew is also confident his team can expose “flaws” in their games at the Stadium of Light.

Bent, Sunderland’s top scorer with 11 goals, will lead the line for Steve Bruce in the Wear-Tyne derby, while Ferdinand has re-established himself in defence after a spell out of favour under Steve Bruce.

Pardew, pictured, said: “There were rumours that Anton was going to move on from Sunderland, but he’s got back into the side and has done well.

“He’s a good player and a good character, and he knows how to defend.

“I’ve worked with him a lot, and he’ll make it difficult for us.

“There’s Darren Bent as well, who I’ve worked with. The top end and bottom end of their team I know well.

“As much as they have strengths, they have flaws too, and I know them more than anyone. Hopefully we can exploit that.”