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No excuses, declares Pardew
ALAN PARDEW believes there will be no excuses if his Newcastle United team slip up in the Capital One Cup against Leeds United tonight.
Since taking charge of Newcastle in 2010, Pardew has a less than glittering record in domestic cup competitions, with his side falling at the first hurdle in the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup last season.
But in the third round encounter with Leeds, Newcastle face their first home domestic cup game under Pardew, and the Magpies manager is expecting a victory to improve the mood on Tyneside after a 3-2 defeat to Hull City at St James' Park at the weekend.
"The games, particularly in the FA Cup, have fallen when we have had terrible injuries,” said Pardew, whose team crashed out of the FA Cup to Brighton in 2012 and 2013, as well as being dumped out of the Carling Cup to Blackburn in 2011. “Fingers crossed in January, I have the sort of squad I have available now. There is no excuse tonight. It's a home tie and although it's against a great club, we should win."
"I certainly think that after Saturday it's unlikely my players will see it as less important as Leeds' players. But you can never say never. I have made it very clear my feelings about Saturday and I want to see a response not just on Wednesday but on Monday night at Everton."
“I did not see any reason why we should lose that game. Those opportunities do not come around that often and when they do, you have to grasp them with both hands. The performance against Hull was not the same as against Aston Villa."
In Brian McDermott, Leeds United have a manager that owes a lot to Pardew, with the former Reading boss giving McDermott his first job at the Madejski Stadium, as chief scout and under-17 squad in 2000.
Leeds are 13th in the Championship after eight games, and is under pressure to deliver results, but Pardew hopes the United board will give McDermott the time needed to engineer a return to the Premier League.
"He is a real honest person and has proved with his managerial record that he has earned that position,” said Pardew. “He is at a great club and I hope he has laid the foundations for a return to the Premier League. It's not easy getting back up when budgets are tight so he has a tough job."
"I don't think they could get a more honest individual. He is a manager who has got teams into the Premier League before so therefore his credentials are there. They need time because he's done it and once you've done it, you need time to prove he can do it again.
"It's a tough division. Teams are so similar. I spoke to Harry Redknapp the other day and he can't believe that they (QPR) have won as many games as they have. They have sneaked them and in the Championship, that is what it is all about, sneaking those wins."
Meanwhile, McDermott is a big fan of Pardew's methods and expects Newcastle to respond well to their weekend defeat.
McDermott, whose side have lost two consecutive Championship games, said: “It’ll be nice to renew acquaintances with Alan. He took me from oblivion to Reading and he’s a good friend of mine. I was his chief scout and Under-17 manager and I enjoyed working with him. We’ve remained friends.
“He’s a really good coach. I worked with some good people at Reading. Steve Coppell was a sort of mentor for Alan but a very different character. He’s done well in the game.
“He’s good in the dressing room. You don’t get to where he’s got to without being good in the dressing room and being able to relate to players.
“When he was at Reading he spent a lot of time coaching on the field. I don’t know if he does that so much now but he was a terrific coach and his man-management was excellent as well.
“They weren’t in turmoil a week before when they beat Aston Villa. It kind of is about one result. It is a little bit like that in 2013. One result creates turmoil. That can be at Newcastle, Arsenal, Leeds, Liverpool. Liverpool will be in turmoil because they got beat by Southampton. That seems to be the way things are in this day and age.
“I have a strong view on that. Look at the week we had. We played Bolton and won 1-0. We play Reading, should win the game in the 94th minute and we lose it in the 97th.
“We lose two games and that’s football. That’s how things are. But you cannot have knee-jerk reactions to result. You can’t. If you believe in what you’re trying to do, you have to keep going.
“I do understand that results are everything but they can create turmoil. That’s how it seems to be.
“It’s really important to us. We’re bringing 6,000 fans. We’ll change the side around and make sure that we put on the right performance. We’re going there to get a result. Newcastle will try to do the same. I don’t know what team they’ll put out but it’ll be strong.”
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