NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew is determined that his team throws everything at Leeds United at St James’s Park, writes Miles Starforth.
The Magpies take on Leeds, managed by Pardew’s close friend Brian McDermott, in the third round of the Capital One Cup tonight.
The club has a dismal record in the domestic cups under Pardew.
While he will make a number of changes for the tie, he’s adamant his team will be strong enough to take a stride towards Wembley.
“Our fans want to win something, and I’m very much aware of that,” Pardew said. “I want to win something, too.”
Pardew could leave in-form Loic Remy out of his starting XI given that he’s only just returned from long-term injury. But the emphasis will be very much on attack.
“I think the team is going to be a team that I genuinely think has an offensive look to it,” said Pardew, whose side were beaten at home by Hull City on Saturday.
“That’s the theme I want to stay on. We had an offensive look on Saturday (against Hull). Defensively, we were poor as a team.
“This team needs to prove we can put a lot of offensive players out and still be strong enough defensively.
“Therefore, that’s the challenge in front of this team.
“I didn’t enjoy that period before Christmas to the end of the year when we didn’t have enough offensive players.
“We have now, and we need to make sure we get two or three goals. That will win us more games.”
Meanwhile, Leeds go into the game on the back of successive Championship defeats.
“I know the manager and his staff well,” said Pardew. “They’re on a tricky run, and they need to get a win.
“You can bet your life they’ll be doing everything they can to try to get through this tie.
H Yohan Cabaye will be fit to face Everton at Goodison Park.
The Newcastle United midfielder limped out of Saturday’s home defeat to Hull City with a groin problem.
And Cabaye – who had surgery on his groin last season – won’t be involved in tonight’s game.
But Pardew expects the 27-year-old to be fit for Monday night’s Premier League game against Everton.
“Yohan isn’t going to be involved,” Pardew said. “We think he’ll be fine for Everton, but I do want to protect him a little bit.
“He’s not had a lot of football, and the two games last week had a little bit of a toll on him. I am protecting him a little bit.”
The Leeds game also comes too soon for Shola Ameobi (flu) and Jonas Gutierrez (hamstring).
Pardew added: “Shola’s got no chance. He’s got the flu. He’s not near us at the minute.
“Jonas has only had two days training after being out for five weeks, so he won’t feature.”