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Pards not expecting reaction.

ALAN PARDEW says he is not expecting a reaction from Newcastle United fans at Selhurst Park when he faces his old club on Wednesday night.

The Crystal Palace boss said that Newcastle will always be a club close to his heart and he feels he did a "good job" at St James' Park.

With Pardew aiming to overtake Newcastle in the Premier League, he said ahead of the game: "I'm not expecting or hoping for any reaction.

"We had some great times together. "It was not so great the last year, but on the whole my experience there was great.

"I thought I did a good job and walked out with my head held high, and so I'm looking forward to the game.

"I've still got all my staff there and my players, and they're close to my heart.

"It will be strange because after four years after living every part of that football club and that city, good and bad, it's emotional.

"It will be a slightly different game for me."

Pardew also believes there will be no animosity in technical area with his opposite number and former coach John Carver, he said: "John is a dear friend of mine."

LEE RYDER

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 10, 2015
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