ALAN PARDEW wants a push for a Champions League place to silence critics who claim Newcastle lack ambition.
The Toon boss was upset with the reaction in some quarters to the FA Cup third-round exit at home to Cardiff.
Pardew hopes the Magpies habit of "throwing a spanner in the works'' against the Premier League big guns will put them back on track when Manchester City visit Tyneside today.
But he knows something special is needed, especially as Newcastle have lost their last nine meetings with City in league and cup - seven of them under Pardew's stewardship. LIKELY LINE-Newcastle. KRUL YANJA-MBIWA S TAYLOR WILLIAMSON HAIDARA SISSOKO TIOTE CABAYE GOUFFRAN SH AMEOBI REMY Title-chasing City have already beaten Toon twice this term - 4-0 in the first game of the season and 2-0 at St James' Park after extratime in the Capital One Cup. And the Geordies have gone 15 matches without a win against them, the last being a 1-0 home victory - thanks to Michael Owen - in September 2005 during the Graeme Souness era.
But Newcastle have already beaten Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United this season and Pardew stressed: "I don't dread playing City.
"We haven't really come close in the league against them. In the league cup I thought we had a good chance but we couldn't quite get the goal.
"It would be nice to run them tight and get a result.
"We need a Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran or Moussa Sissoko to have an extra-special day.
"I've seen some players, who you wouldn't call great players, have extraordinary days. I can think of Dennis Bailey at Manchester United [in 1992] when he played for QPR and got a hat-trick [QPR won 4-1].
"You need all the elements to go your way, even if you play well, to beat City. I want to finish higher than fifth. That's my best finish as a manager in the Premier League and I want to beat that.
UPS MAN CITY HARTRICHARDS TfmP KOMPANY NASTASIC CLICHY GARCIA TOURE NASRI "Can the club do that? Yeah, why not?'' ' Pardew added: "I'm always bothered about criticism of the club. I think it'sNEGREDO SILVA DZEKO unfair really.
"But competition is so fierce. What is success and what is failure? If I went to Stoke or Aston Villa and said to their fans, 'Is what we're having success?', they would probably say 'yes'. To our fans it is 'no'. I accept that.
"I want to do better and win trophies. I was very disappointed and very angry when we went out of the FA Cup to Cardiff, and I think the players know I was.
"I'd like to think there will be a reaction.'' Pardew added: "We're certainly going to give the City game a go. We're pretty good at throwing a spanner in the works.''
LOOKING FOR MORE SUCCESS: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jan 12, 2014|
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