NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew wants a repeat of the “character” shown in the second half of Monday’s defeat at Arsenal when they host relegation-threatened Cardiff City on Saturday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Bluebirds, sitting bottom of the table need to win to have any chance of staying up.
But Pardew said: “If we can show the same kind of character, we’ve got enough quality to win the (Cardiff) game. The one thing I do know is that we’re going to give it a good go, for sure.”
Pardew, meanwhile, has pleaded with the fans to put their unhappiness with him to one side – and give his team a “lift” for Saturday’s match at St James’s Park. Supporters chanted for Pardew to be sacked during Monday’s 3-0 loss to Arsenal, their sixth successive Premier League defeat.
Fans, however, are yet to turn – en masse – on Pardew at home, and a repeat of those chants at St James’s Park would be damaging for the 52-year-old, who faces an end-of-season grilling from owner Mike Ashley.
There has been talk of a 60th-minute walkout in protest at Pardew and the direction of the club under Ashley.
But Pardew does not want the negativity off the field to affect his ninth-placed team on the pitch. “I know the fans are unhappy and disappointed, particularly with myself,” Pardew said.
“But we need the stadium in the best possible shape ,we can have it. The players need a lift.”
H Newcastle will make a 23,000-mile round trip to New Zealand to take on Wellington Phoenix and Sydney in pre-season.
The Magpies will take part in the Football United Tour 2014, which will also feature West Ham United.
Newcastle will play Sydney at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on July 22 and fellow A-League club Wellington at their 36,000-capacity Westpac Stadium home on July 26.
Newcastle are also involved in a pre-season tournament hosted by German club Schalke 04, and also featuring West Ham, on August 2 and 3.