ALAN Pardew believes Newcastle can knock Manchester City out of the Capital One Cup next month.
City comfortably beat the Magpies 4-0 in the first game of the Premier League season, but Pardew feels home advantage can make all the difference.
A crowd of 36,220 – including almost 6,000 Leeds fans – was at St James’s Park last night, and Pardew is hopeful that another sizeable gate can will his team into the quarter-finals in what will be the first League Cup meeting between the two clubs since the 1976 Wembley final, won 2-1 by City.
“I was a little disappointed after we played Man City (in August) in so much as their results didn’t reflect what I felt that night in terms of how good they were,” Pardew said.
“Their performance against Man United brought home that when they turn the heat up they really are difficult.
“But that was at home, and this one’s at our place. I wouldn’t want to go back there at this time. That can even it up.
“Our fans can affect the psychology of them. It’s a cup night.”
Last night’s result and performance compounded Pardew’s frustration at last weekend’s 3-2 home Premier League defeat to Hull.
“It was super performance,” said Pardew.
“But I’m still hurting from Saturday, if I’m honest, because I can see on the training ground that we have got the squad in a good place.
“All the guys who came in have done terrifically, and therefore that compounds the result on Saturday.
“I’m not going to get carried away. We are in the last 16, as we should be.
“But it’s a reminder to us that we have got to get consistency at this football club, and if we have got the group below as good as that, then that bodes well.”