Pardew pledges strong team for Newcastle’s pre-derby cup quarter-final at Spurs

Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi battles for the ball at Arsenal
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ALAN Pardew has challenged Newcastle United players to put their Arsenal nightmare behind them – by taking another stride towards Wembley.

Pardew’s side were beaten 4-1 by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

And the team must quick pick itself up for Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, which is followed by Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby.

Club ambassador Bob Moncur, the last Newcastle captain to lift a major trophy, was at the Emirates Stadium.

And Moncur – who led the team to the Fairs Cup in 1969 – is willing Pardew’s team on to end the Tynesiders’ 45-year wait for a piece of silverware.

“Bob Moncur is on the bus every week to remind me,” said Pardew.

“I cant get away from it, but no-one would be more delighted then Bob if we can achieve something.”

Newcastle have beaten cup holders Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Gillingham – all away from home – so far in the competition.

And Pardew – who will have Moussa Sissoko and Steven Taylor back from suspension at White Hart Lane – will name a strong team against Tottenham.

“The results have been good for us in a way,” said Pardew. “We’ve still got ourselves in a great position, and we can look forward to Sunderland and maybe get ourselves in the top six.

“The cup game is something different – we know its the quarter final.

“We have beaten two Premier League teams away from home. We’ve got to do a third time.

“It’ll be a tough game, but we’ll go there very strong.”

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