Alan Pardew

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Alan Pardew has given his backing to Newcastle United's youngsters ahead of Tuesday night's FA Youth Cup quarter-final tie against Chelsea (kick-off 7.05pm).

The Magpies boss has been impressed with the way Dave Watson's side have gone about their business in reaching the last eight of the competition.

Barnsley, Sunderland and Derby have all been brushed aside by the Toon teenagers to set up the St. James' Park clash with the Blues, who have won the cup twice in the last four years.

And Pardew told "It should be a really good game between two excellent young sides and I'm sure playing at St. James' Park will be a great experience for our players, just as it was against Sunderland in the fourth round.

"There's no doubt that having such a big crowd inspired them that night and they'll need to be at their best against this Chelsea team.

"So it would be great to see another good crowd to cheer them on this week."

He added: "The boys have been excellent so far in the competition, scoring seven goals and conceding just one in the three games, and I wish them the very best of luck.

"I hope they can put in another good performance and get through to the semi-finals."

Admission at St. James' Park on Tuesday, 11th March (kick-off 7.05pm) will be £3 for adults and £1 concessions