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Pardew keen to continue revival

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes the negativity surrounding his team has been banished by their recent upturn in form.

The Magpies continued their mini-revival as they dumped holders Manchester City out of the League Cup with a shock 2-0 win in their fourth-round tie at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, a stunning upset for a side that had toiled throughout the opening two months of the season.

Just a month ago Pardew's future seemed in the balance but owner Mike Ashley refused to bow to fans' protests and remove the manager and the team have since embarked on a four-game unbeaten run.

The last three games have been victories and the latest, against a strong City side, was thoroughly deserved and sent them through to a quarter-final against Tottenham.


Pardew now wants to maintain momentum as Liverpool visit St James' Park for another tough assignment tomorrow.

He said: "I said to them (the players) they had seen a side of our fans which can be difficult, but now they are going to see the opposite because our fans are going to be up for this cup.

"No-one will get up for this cup as much as our fans.

"If we can get a victory at Liverpool, the new players in the group are going to see the other side of Newcastle fans, when we really can make a difference.

"In the last couple of games the fans have been terrific.

"They helped us last night and they helped us at Tottenham (last Saturday)."