Alan Pardew


By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Alan Pardew insists his side will only have one thing on their minds when they face Wellington Phoenix at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday - and that is winning.

Having comfortably seen off the challenge of Sydney FC in their opening match of the Football United Tour 2014, in New Zealand, the Magpies' focus now shifts to Wellington (4.30pm kick-off local time).

The Phoenix were suprise victors over West Ham United earlier in the week, making it clear to Pardew that his side cannot take their A-League hosts lightly.

And while some managers use pre-season friendlies purely as a way of gaining fitness, United's manager is determined to re-establish a winning mentality at the Club.

"Wellington got a good result against West Ham, and it sets up the game against us very nicely after our win," he said.

"It surprised me, of course, because West Ham have got some fantastic players and are a good side.

"We will go into the game on the back of a tough day's training (on Thursday) followed by a lighter day in preparation (on Friday). So we will be in good shape and will have no excuses.

"I'm sure it will be a competitive game in which both teams give their all. We will be committed to win the game and are really looking forward to it."

Pardew confirmed he will look to put out another strong starting line-up, and is confident that summer signing Siem de Jong - who sat out Thursday's training session as a precaution - will be fit.

"We think he will be okay for the game and there's a good chance he will start, because he needs the match practice," said the boss.