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Pardew: Let's switch focus

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is urging his players to forget their Europa League heroics and focus on Sunday's clash with Southampton at St James' Park.

Last Updated: 24/02/13 at 12:58 Post Comment   

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is determined ahead of the Southampton clash

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is determined ahead of the Southampton clash

The Magpies booked a last-16 clash with Anzhi Makhachkala by beating Metalist Kharkiv 1-0 in the Ukraine on Thursday night - but Pardew knows his men must refocus quickly.

He said: "We have got two very important Premier League games and if we could get three, four points out of those two games, I would take that now.

"It would give us a good angle to go into the next phase of the Europa League."

Pardew left Southampton in 2010 following a rift with club chairman Nicola Cortese, and admits the game carries a special meaning for him.

He added: "It's going to be dear to my heart to win this game, trust me, so I won't be pulling any punches in my dressing room.

"But that's easier said than done. Southampton have definitely picked up and they play a high pressing game which we are going to have to combat.

"He [new Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino] has had a good start. There are some good players there and I am looking forward to seeing them.

"They got the result over us the last time and they thoroughly deserved it, so we need to perform a lot better than we did at their place."

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