Chelsea challenge not a bridge too far for Newcastle United

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ALAN Pardew has told Newcastle United’s players there’s no point in anyone who doesn’t think they can win at Chelsea boarding the flight to London.

Pardew’s side are 12/1 outsiders to win at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

But he won’t be sending a team out to scrape a draw and instead believes the mindset within the dressing room must be to try and win the game.

And in the absence of captain Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton – whose will to win is hugely admired by Pardew – will be handed the skipper’s armband.

“Joey will be captain – he wants to win,” Pardew, right, said.

“He might not be everybody’s perfect captain, but when he steps on that pitch, he’ll want to win.”

United haven’t been beaten by Chelsea on their last two visits to Stamford Bridge and a first league win at the stadium since 1986 is Pardew’s aim.

“It’s very, very important that we approach the game with a positive attitude,” Pardew added.

“I’ve seen a lot of Chelsea and I known the power they exude over teams who go there with the wrong attitude.

“There have been good players who haven’t shown up – I can think of Robinho for Man City. He was absolutely awful.

“You’ve got to have the right approach and expect to win. If you don’t have that approach, you’re in for a very difficult afternoon.

“We’ve got one or two players coming into the team who haven’t played regularly and I want to get them and the senior boys in the right place.”

Asked about Newcastle’s Carling Cup win at Chelsea earlier this season, which he witnessed first-hand, Pardew said: “I thought (Shane) Ferguson and Haris (Vuckic) played well. But I think we’re going to face a very different Chelsea team.

“League games are much tougher than those cup games. We’re buoyed by that, though.”