Pardew hails 'irrepressible' Newcastle quartet

The Magpies have almost guaranteed Europa League football with a sixth consecutive win but their manager insists Champions League football is a real possibility
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew hailed the Magpies' attacking threat after his side boosted their Champions League hopes with a comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday.

A double from Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse's 11th goal in just 10 games since his January move to Tyneside sealed the win against the Potters.

And, despite having seen his side keep their 14th clean sheet this season, the Englishman singled out attackers Cabaye, Cisse, Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa for praise.

“We have got momentum and that is a dangerous tool to have in your locker," the Englishman said.

"We are playing with confidence and we have got ourselves into a fantastic position, perhaps even better than we thought it might have been and the confidence is there for everyone to see on the pitch.

“This is not about one player or one person, it is the combination of a lot of things that have gone on at this football club from Mike Ashley down and everyone deserves the credit they are getting.

“Everyone is contributing. To win six on the trot is truly outstanding by the players. They will get a few plaudits this week and they deserve them.

"We haven’t sent any message out. We are just doing what we do. Our work ethic was the same but it was our four-pronged attack that won us the game – Cabaye, Cisse, Demba and Hatem really were in irrepressible form at times.”

The Toon dominated the visitors from start to finish and a result which takes them to fourth place in the Premier League never looked in doubt following Cabaye's opener.

“We were very accomplished today,” Pardew added. “It was one of those games where you needed to really focus because Stoke have got great players.

"we were focused from the start and we when got the first goal which was a great bit of skill from Hatem and a fantastic header from Cisse that set us up and we looked comfortable from that moment.

“Cabaye scored two great goals but perhaps his pass [for Cisse's goal] was better than the goals.

"I was on the side-line and I didn’t even see that run and he had to manoeuvre the ball when he had players right, left and centre of him to find that pass which was exquisite. That will go down as one of the best passes I have seen at this stadium.”

Pardew's men will head to relegation-threatened Wigan next Saturday with their tails up but Europa League football could already be guaranteed if Everton lose at Manchester United on Sunday.

However, the Pardew believes that qualification for the Champions League, which is looking increasingly likely, should be his side's aim.

“To get into the Europa League is a big, big achievement by us and to finish above Liverpool regardless of their Cup exploits is still an outstanding achievement whatever we do this season," he continued.

“But we can feel it in the crowd and the city that there is a chance for us to do something really special and we go to Wigan trying to achieve that. The city haven’t lost sight that there is a chance for us to do something really special.”