ALAN Pardew has warned Newcastle United that his old Selhurst Park stomping ground will be “rocking” for the club’s visit, writes Miles Starforth.
Newcastle take on relegation-threatened Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Pardew spent four years at the club as a player, and is best remembered in south London for scoring the goal which took them into the 1990 FA Cup final.
But sentiment will be put to one side when he takes his side to London.
Palace have won both their home games under new manager Tony Pulis, a close friend of Pardew, who was linked with the Palace post after Ian Holloway’s departure in late October.
And another victory could lift the club out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
However, Pardew’s confident that sixth-placed United can themselves claim all three points and keep the pressure on the sides above them in the division.
“That place will be rocking, because they’ve had two home wins,” Pardew said.
“It couldn’t fall on us in a worse situation, but having said that, we’re playing very, very well, and I’d expect to win.”
Former Stoke City manager Pulis, appointed last month, believes third-from-bottom Palace’s home form will determine their Premier League fate this season.
And his team will be looking to throw everything, literally, at Newcastle, held to a 1-1 home draw by Southampton last weekend.
“I’ve come in, the players have responded,” Pulis said. “But the season is not about three or four games. Our season will be determined by our home form from now until the end of the season.
“We’ve just got to make sure Selhurst Park is rocking like it has been the couple of times I’ve been manager there, and that the players give everything they’ve got.”
Meanwhile, United’s Under-18 have set up a Tyne-Wear derby – after knocking Barnsley out of the FA Youth Cup.
The club will face Sunderland at home in the next round of the competition after last night’s 2-1 win at Oakwell.
Striker Adam Armstrong struck twice in the second half for Dave Watson’s side, with Jak Alton scoring a late consolation for the home side.
The tie against Sunderland is likely to be staged at St James’s Park.