Alan Pardew

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Alan Pardew is determined to try and avenge last season's defeat at the Liberty Stadium, as he looks to extend Newcastle United's winning run to five games.

In March, the Magpies were four minutes away from recording a deserved point - and clean sheet - against Swansea until substitute Luke Moore snatched victory for the hosts from close range.

The sides meet again on Wednesday night in South Wales, with United flying high in the Barclays Premier League following a November in which they kept a 100 per cent record.

And while the boss knows his side are in for a stern test of their credentials against the Swans, he is keen to take their form into December.

"We're playing well at the minute. We've had four really tough games and managed to edge them all," explained Pardew.

"But going to Swansea on a Wednesday night will be difficult. They beat us last year so I'm very determined to try and get a result there.

"It would be great if we could keep the run going - that's what we want to do. I want to keep the momentum."

Capital One Cup holders Swansea have been trying to successfully juggle the demands of domestic and Europa League football this term, but have struggled at times - particularly at home, where they have won just once in the league.

Add to that a lengthy injury list, and Pardew has some sympathy for City counterpart Michael Laudrup

"I think they've suffered from playing seven more games than us, and injuries. It takes its toll," he said.

"Swansea have had a couple of blows of late and it's never good to take that at any club, let alone the size of the clubs we are.

"For the Chelseas, Manchester Uniteds and Manchester Citys, it's a little bit easier to sustain."