Newcastle boss desperate for cup success

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is targeting the Capital One Cup as his first piece of silverware as manager of the club.

The 52-year-old is set to play a strong team against Manchester City on Wednesday night, as he looks to book a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

The Toon face City just three days after losing the Tyne-Wear derby 2-1. But Pardew is keen to get back to winning ways, and believes victory over the high-spending Citizens will set them up as final contenders.

“If we could beat Manchester City, I think it would get people talking, because then we’d be down to the last eight and it all becomes a bit serious,” Pardew told Sky Sports.

“I think any team in the Premier League can consider this a tournament they can win. For the Champions League clubs, maybe it’s a little down on their agenda, but it’s high on our agenda. For us this year it is a priority. We want to win a trophy for our fans.

“If we could get past Manchester City it would be a great way to put away the disappointment of Sunderland but that’s easier said than done.”

The Toon are in the middle of a tough week, with a visit from Chelsea still to come on Sunday afternoon. The Capital One Cup is a trophy that has eluded the Magpies over their successful history, but Pardew is keen to make the trophy a focus for the club this season.