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.