Alan Pardew: Newcastle still confident ahead of Stoke City clash, despite midweek defeat to Blackburn Rovers

The Magpies boss has claimed that his side’s midweek loss at the hands of Blackburn Rovers has put ‘fire in the belly’ of his players ahead of their match with the Potters
Alan Pardew has claimed that Newcastle United’s midweek defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup has not damaged his side's confidence in the run-up to their Premier League clash with Stoke City on Monday evening.

The 50-year-old explained that he felt that his side had done enough to win the game and were victims to a number of poor refereeing decisions.

He told reporters: "The players know when they've performed badly and I don't think that was the case the other night, I thought we did enough to win the game.

"Three key decisions wrong, which we can show on video to our players, emphasises that, and it's rare for a referee to get that many wrong.”

When asked whether he thought that the side had lost confidence after the defeat, the former West Ham manager said that, due to the manner of the game, the loss had not had an effect on the belief of his players.

"We haven't lost confidence, we actually grew during the game and if anything it's probably put a bit of fire in our belly in terms of the manner of the defeat,” he continued

"It was only one late loss of concentration that's cost us, so we go into Stoke somewhat unscathed, although we're disappointed of course because we wanted to win that trophy, or have a good go at it."

The Magpies boss is hoping to continue his tradition from the last five matches of naming an unchanged side for their fixture against Stoke City on Monday evening, but there were some concerns over the fitness of Steven Taylor.

However, Pardew confirmed that Taylor is set to start.

"I think Steven will play, but I don't think he'll go unnoticed by Stoke and he'll come in for a bit of attention,” he added.

“But he's big enough and strong enough to hold up to that. He's not the best looking boy so there's not much to worry about!"