Alan Pardew is convinced Newcastle Unired should not fear any side that visits St James’ Park this season.
The Magpies welcome Hull City to the North East on Saturday afternoon with the aim of continuing their unbeaten home record this season.
Pardew feels that, having fallen to defeat nine times at home last season, there is significant room for improvement this time around.
“At home we should be beating anybody -- and I still believe that. I have always believed that,” he told the Evening Chronicle. “I genuinely think even though we did not get off to a winning start like last year, and we only lost to Chelsea and Man United in the first ten games, I do think there is a different feeling here this year.
“The spirit is stronger here. The offensive look of the team looks more of a threat. That is what our fans truly love. I think for the first time since Demba Ba left we can produce some football which is more akin to Newcastle United.”
Pardew also said he will stand by Papiss Cisse for the time being despite the striker failing to score so far this season.
“Papiss is focused but he knows with every game which goes when a striker’s not scored, it’s difficult for them,” he told The Journal. “Their mood changes. Some games you can see they’re up and determined to get it right, other times they’re down, but I just generally sense this week he’s in a good place.
“He wants a goal and he can see that we’re starting to create chances and he feels better about that. Hopefully, we’ll give him three or four opportunities to score.
“His place is not under immediate threat although I think I have to say Gouffran has really impressed and he’s not in the team at the minute. Sylvain (Marveaux) is in a good place and they are the options I want. As I said in the transfer window, another attacking option would have put even more pressure on and that’s what it’s about. You have to be able to deal with it at a club like Newcastle.
“I don’t want to say that but I’m just targeting him in terms I want him to score and so does the team, it’s important he plays well and scores for us and I think a goal would help him and I’m hoping we create the chances to give him that opportunity.
“There is always pressure on players. They have to perform. His work rate is very good. His focus needs now to be to score goals for us. Hopefully, we can create more chances. In the last few games we’ve had more options, opportunities are starting to come his way.”