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Entertaining displays put a buzz in the city.

NEWCASTLE UNITED boss Alan Pardew feels that his Champions League challengers have injected a "buzz in the city" after the Magpies marched on into the top four thanks to beating Stoke City on Saturday.

The Magpies are now just one victory away from winning seven Premier League games in a row for the first time since the 1996/97 season during Kevin Keegan's Entertainers era.

Keegan's side also managed six-game winning streaks in the 1993/94 and 1994/95 seasons, something that Pardew's team can also boast after beating the Potters to take 18 points from the last 18 available.

When asked if it was some feat to match a record set by the Entertainers, Pardew told the Chronicle: "It isn't easy.

"But these guys are making names for themselves in the same manner that some of those guys did, such as David Ginola.

"Ben Arfa, Demba, Cabaye and Cisse are what Newcastle fans love - flair players.

"That four were irrepressible."

Pardew had asked the St James' Park before hand to turn up the volume for the visit of Stoke.

And they responded in excellent manner with a carnival atmosphere as the Toon Army watched their side push past Spurs into the top four.

Pardew said: "It was a great electric start in terms of the crowd with another full house.

"We've put a buzz in this city, but they're putting a buzz in us."

Victory against Stoke was also Newcastle's third double of the season having edged two games encounters with Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers. The Magpies can end the season with five doubles with games against already defeated Wigan Athletic and Everton still to come.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2012
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