ALAN Pardew’s challenged Newcastle United’s players to put their Arsenal nightmare behind them – by taking another stride towards Wembley.
Pardew’s side were beaten 4-1 by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
And the team must quickly pick itself up for Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, which is followed by Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby.
Club ambassador Bob Moncur, the last United captain to lift a major trophy, was at the Emirates Stadium.
And Moncur – who led the team to the Fairs Cup in 1969 – is willing Pardew’s team on to end the club’s 45-year wait for a piece of silverware.
“Bob Moncur is on the bus every week to remind me,” said Pardew. “I can’t get away from it, but no one would be more delighted then Bob if we can achieve something.”
Newcastle have beaten cup-holders Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Gillingham – all away from home – so far in the competition.
And Pardew – who will have Moussa Sissoko and Steven Taylor back from suspension at White Hart Lane – will name a strong team against Tottenham.
“The results have been good for us in a way,” said Pardew. “We’ve still got ourselves in a great position, and we can look forward to Sunderland and maybe get ourselves in the top six.
“The cup game is something different – we know it’s the quarter-final.
“We have beaten two Premier League teams away from home. We’ve got to do a third time.
“It’ll be a tough game, but we’ll go there very strong.”