By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Alan Pardew believes in-form Everton have picked up where they left off last term, but will still take his Newcastle side to Goodison Park in search of all three points.
Notorious slow-starters to the Premier League campaign, the Toffees have turned that perception on its head with three victories from their opening four games in all competitions - including an opening weekend 1-0 triumph over Manchester United.
Having lost 3-1 on Merseyside on the final day of the 2011/12 season just four months ago, Pardew knows his side are in for another tough test, but the boss has pledged to go there with a positive gameplan.
"It's obvious that Everton have picked up where they left off last year," said Pardew.
"They comfortably beat us at the back end of last season, and this will be a tough game for us. It will be tough for everybody at Goodison Park, as Man Utd found out, so we've got a lot to do there.
"They have got assets, in terms of defending and attacking. They've got some nice options. Everton is a very tough place to go and get yourself a victory, but that is what we will attempt to do."
Pardew also had words of praise for both Everton manager David Moyes, who has consistently kept his team at the right end of the top flight on a smaller budget than most, and the club's board, who have stuck by their man for more than a decade.
"He (Moyes) has had his fair quota of money - I know he moans about it, but he's had his share!" joked Pardew.
"He's spent it well, they've got great players and David Moyes is a fantastic manager - he's proven that.
"Stability is the key there and that is why they do so well as a club. They have a great manager and they keep faith in him.
"Our results have been solid. The performances haven't been what we would have liked at this stage, but all the teams at the start of the season are feeling their way.
"We have got some games where I think we can pick up points, and we have to start on Monday night."
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