The Magpies manager has acknowledged that his team must be faster out of the blocks after they conceded two goals in the opening 15 minutes against Manchester UnitedNewcastle United manager Alan Pardew has warned his players that they must start their upcoming derby match against Sunderland better than they did against Manchester United.
The Magpies found themselves two goals down inside 15 minutes against Sir Alex Ferguson's team and Pardew anticipates an "electric pace" from the first whistle at the Stadium of Light.
The 51-year-old boss feels his team got "lost" as they fell to a 3-0 defeat against the Red Devils and has asked for an improvement on Sunday.
"The most important thing at Sunderland is to not get lost at the start of the game, which we did against Man United," Pardew told the Evening Chronicle.
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"My experience of these type of games is they start at an electric pace. We must be ready for them. We need to try to get a grip during that early period."
Pardew hopes his defence will be boosted by the return of its three linchpins in goalkeeper Tim Krul and centre-backs Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini, who all missed the Manchester United clash.
"Hopefully all three will be back [in training] on Wednesday," he added.
He also recognised that Newcastle would benefit from the elimination of Senegal from the Africa Cup of Nations in a match that was abandoned due to severe crowd trouble.
Ivory Coast were leading 2-0 and 6-2 on aggregate when the problems in the stands erupted. Senegal's elimination means that the Magpies will not lose Demba Ba or Papiss Cisse to the tournament, although Cheikh Tiote is likely to represent their victorious opponents.
"It was the most important game of the weekend," Pardew commented.