Pardew wants feel-good factor

Alan Pardew is hoping his World Cup-bound stars do not suffer any hangover from their recent exertions in Newcastle's important home game against Norwich on Saturday.

Last Updated: 23/11/13 at 14:15 Post Comment   

Alan Pardew: Newcastle boss hoping feel-good factor stays around for Saturday

Alan Pardew: Newcastle boss hoping feel-good factor stays around for Saturday

Back-to-back Premier League victories over Chelsea and Tottenham have boosted the Magpies' league position after earlier defeats by Hull City and Sunderland had left them anxiously looking downwards.

The mood at United's training ground was particularly positive with the club's sizeable France contingent celebrating a remarkable 3-0 World play-off second leg victory over Ukraine which overturned a 2-0 deficit, and Shola Ameobi's Nigeria confirming their place at Brazil 2014 with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Ethiopia.

Pardew, whose side face the Canaries at St James' Park, said: "We have had some really good news in terms of Newcastle. Most of our players have made it to the World Cup with only Papiss (Cisse), really, missing out.

"The French game was significant, obviously. Two-nil down and to come back and win 3-0 has been an enormous boost for them.

"(Yohan) Cabaye being at the centre of that and (Mathieu) Debuchy playing both games was really good news for us, so our guys are really pleased about that.

"Now it's about focusing on an important game for their club. Today was about letting that one go. It's great for them, they can look forward to the draw and the World Cup.

"But for us, Norwich is the most important game."

Nigeria-born Ameobi will be out of contract at the end of the season, but Pardew would not be drawn on what the future might hold for him.

He added: "I don't know what happens with Shola in the future - he could become Prime Minister one day with his personality - but we certainly want to keep him around the club if we can."

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