Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Upbeat Magpies Relishing Cup Test; Taylor: We Don't Fear Any Team

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Upbeat Magpies Relishing Cup Test; Taylor: We Don't Fear Any Team

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Byline: Mark Douglas ? (0191) 201-6281 ? mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk

OUTSIDE it was blowing a storm, the rain hammering against the windows with thudding intensity. Inside Newcastle United's Benton training base, the calm assurance of Alan Pardew spoke volumes.

A pivotal week which could have visited trouble on Newcastle United has been navigated with calm assurance and a more-than-decent return of two draws, a win and the subsequent shelving of a whole host of awkward queries.

United - as Steven Taylor bullishly asserted - can say they are preparing for Manchester United by claiming they "fear no one" and eyebrows will not be arched.

Indeed, the team have given themselves a platform to attack tomorrow's Capital One Cup tie at Old Trafford without having to chase the victory.

Pardew takes up the theme with relish: "Both myself and Alex will take a look at it and see which players need games and have that winning mentality.

"We have a slight advantage in that we have been able to blood so many players in the Europa League so I can send a strong side there. With respect to this competition we have to try and win it.

"We will prioritise competitions somewhere down the line, we don't know how our league campaign is going to go and we don't know how our cup campaigns are going to go.

"We need to get a feel for it and see whether we are in the latter stages of any cups.

"We have a tough game for us at Old Trafford - they're going to look to dictate the pace and win the game, they always do.

"They have a fantastic squad, they're the greatest club in the world, but playing them gives everybody a lift.

"We're getting to the stage where there is a mentality in the group where we could win a competition now.

"We have to try and win every game and see where our goals are at Christmas time. …

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