Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Ready for Extra-Time and Penalties in Capital Tie; THE PREVIEW: Tottenham V Newcastle United White Hart Lane, Tonight, 7.45pm

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Ready for Extra-Time and Penalties in Capital Tie; THE PREVIEW: Tottenham V Newcastle United White Hart Lane, Tonight, 7.45pm

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Byline: Neil Cameron Sports Writer neil.cameron@ncjmedia.co.uk

RE you all ready for along night? Alan Pardew is. He fancies Newcastle United's quarter-final with Tottenham Hotspur to go all the way into extra-time. He's even had his players practising their penalties.

Imagine that. Would anyone really be able to cope with the strain when Jak Alnwick lines up for his side's eleventh spot-kick in sudden death? Tonight, one would imagine, is going to be tense no matter if you are watching on television, at White Hart Lane or on the touchline.

Pardew himself seemed in a relaxed enough mood when he met the press at the training ground at Benton. If there were nerves a day before the big match then they weren't showing.

Maybe that was because Newcastle's manager has prepared himself for 120 minutes of football and maybe more as he attempts to guide the club to the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Pardew said: "It will be interesting to see the fitness levels of the two teams. These are two of the fittest teams in the league.

"I think this game could go all the way through extra time. It will be tight and hopefully we can come through the other end.

"Have we practised penalties? We probably will. I usually do with my teams. I think it's important to get con-fident with your technique. You can't replicate it. Never. I have tried all sorts of things - going to the stadium, bringing the youth team in behind the goal.

"I just say to them to practice what they think is their technique and then take it into the game and we'll see if they can handle the pressure when it arrives.

"I think they'll find we are pretty good ourselves in terms of fitness. Most of our goals come in the second half because our fitness levels are very high.

"It's an exciting few days for us and this is what we are in football for. We have put ourselves here. We now have this moment, so let's grasp it. Hopefully, this team can."

Exciting is certainly the words most would use regarding what is now upon Newcastle.

Pardew admitted he rather liked having such a big game in the run-up to a derby. He's never enjoyed the weeks of build-up.

He has always been a one-gameat-a-time man and the first game he has to win is his own biggest domestic cup match since arriving at the club a little over four years ago.

Pardew added: "I love the cup competitions. I've not really had too much joy here.

"I still have one eye on the FA Cup third round when we have a two-day break between the league and cup.

"I have always said that devalues the cup and we need to look at the scheduling.

"Yet I really love the cups and I'm looking forward to Wednesday night.

"We are disappointed about the Arsenal game when they beat us with a little bit to spare, but we would like to think we will be closer at Spurs. …

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