Pardew eyes United after Euro triumph
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is calling on his players to take their European momentum into Sunday's mouth-watering Premier League clash with Manchester United.
The Magpies rediscovered the kind of rhythm which earned them their Europa League place last season to dismiss Bordeaux 3-0 as they climbed to the top of Group D.
Pardew said: "You can bet your life this place is going to be rocking on Sunday after that performance, and it is going to be a tough game for us and a tough game for Manchester United for sure."
Newcastle managed to win without the services of key men Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba, and saw Papiss Cisse, who scored his first goal of the campaign against United in the Capital One Cup last week, find the back of the net once again.
Pardew revealed that he had voiced dissatisfaction with his side's recent form, and got just the response he was looking for. Asked what he had said, Pardew replied: "That will stay in the dressing room. It wasn't anything untoward, I just felt that tactically and the work of the team and our energy needed to improve to the standards we set last year.
"You are only as good as the standards you set, and we set ourselves standards last year that we had not reached until now, in my opinion, and thank goodness because we are playing Manchester United on Sunday, who are hurt from the Tottenham result."
Shola Ameobi's 13th European goal - only Alan Shearer has scored more for the club - got the home side off to the perfect start with 16 minutes gone, although it was a superb left-wing run and cross from Bordeaux old boy Gabriel Obertan which made it for him.
The visitors responded and life became uncomfortable for Pardew's men until Brazilian defender Henrique turned Danny Simpson's cross into his own net five minutes before the break. The victory was complete within four minutes of the second half starting when Cisse expertly supplied the required touch to the impressive Shane Ferguson's inviting cross.
Pardew was delighted to have collected the points without either of his first-choice centre-halves, with Mike Williamson and James Perch deputising for the injured Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor.
He said: "The two centre-halves looked comfortable against what I think are two good strikers for Bordeaux, and that was pleasing because on Sunday we might have three of the best strikers in the world playing against us, so that was a good work-out for those two."
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