Alan Pardew has told Manchester City to expect a tough task when they visit Newcastle United in their Capital One Cup tie.
Newcastle beat Championship side Leeds United 2-0 on Wednesday night to set up a fourth-round tie against City, who appear to be hitting top form after following the weekend’s 4-1 victory over Manchester United with a 5-0 cup win against Wigan Athletic.
City also beat Newcastle 4-0 on the opening day of the season, but Pardew is hopeful that the St James’ Park atmosphere will tip the balance in his team’s favour this time around.
“Their performance against Man United brought home that, when they turn the heat up, they really are difficult,” Pardew told the Evening Chronicle. “However, that is at the Etihad and this one is at our place. I would not want to go back there at this time. This can even it up. Our fans can affect the psychology of them. It is a cup night.”
Pardew handed defender Paul Dummett and winger Sammy Ameobi starts in the victory over Leeds and the manager said the pair provided proof that players from the academy can break into the first team.
“We have had Paul since he was nine,” he said. “We have had Sammy since he was 14. I bumped into a lady today when I was popping out for my lunch and she said: ‘You are looking after my nine-year-old at the moment. I said: ‘Well, there is a route to the first team.’
“There is nothing better than having local players on the pitch and we are pushing those two to see if they can crack a regular first-team spot. They were terrific and I was pleased for them both.”