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Pardew aims to end bad week with a win
IT has been a week from hell for Alan Pardew and Newcastle United, but the Magpies boss is confident they can put the events of the past seven days behind them with a result against West Ham United today.
In the week he celebrates his 100th Premier League game in charge at St James' Park, Pardew has had to battle through more times of adverse. He has seen a Arsenal made a bid for key man Yohan Cabaye on the eve of their season opener against Manchester City, before watching his side suffer a humiliating defeat at the Etihad, in which Steven Taylor was sent off.
On top of that, director of football Joe Kinnear is struggling to bring in players, but Pardew is optimistic they can turn their fortunes around this afternoon.
"We had Tuesday off. We all needed a breather," Pardew revealed. "It was like one event after another. An injury, a sending off, Cabaye situation and then the final result.
"The quality of opposition was a bit of a shock as well. I have been on that sideline (as Newcastle manager) 100 times and that was as good as I have seen.
"We are really in recovery mode, physically from that game because it was Monday night and we had ten players playing for 45 minutes against 11 so we had to work that little bit harder.
"I do think we will be OK on Saturday in terms of our levels. We will be ready to go and hope to get a win against a West Ham team who on paper, have improved considerably from last year."
Pardew will make a number of changes to his side to accommodate the injuries and suspensions incurred on Monday.
Jonas Gutierrez is definitely out with a hamstring injury, but the Magpies boss has some good news on Davide Santon.
"Santon is okay so that's some good news there," Pardew revealed. "(Paul) Dummett did terrific on Monday but Davide takes precedence over him at left back at the moment.
"It's not a bad scenario to have both available and a little bit of confidence on Dummett's part to come on in those circumstance and come through it pretty well.
"Jonas we think will be out for three to four weeks. He had a problem before training last week but he trained Thursday and Friday and we assumed he would be okay."
Newcastle supporters won't get the opportunity to see former striker Andy Carroll in action today as he continues to recover from injury, but former target Stewart Downing is likely to start for the Hammers this afternoon.
Pardew admits the former Liverpool winger was on his radar prior to completing his move to Upton Park, but his search for a wide man continues.
"Stewart Downing was a player I liked yeah," Pardew revealed. I thought he was a possibility for us. He crosses a ball, that's what I like about him."
Whether Cabaye makes an appearance today remains to be seen, but should he miss the game Pardew is expecting his other creative players, including Hatem Ben Arfa, to step up to the plate.
"I think Hatem is going to be a big player for us and at times on Monday night he showed exactly how good he can be against top class opposition.
"He unlocked the door a couple of times and hopefully in the next two games he will see even more of the ball to have an even bigger impact, but he is a big player for us."