Premier League needs a strong Newcastle, says Pardew

The 52-year-old saw his side record victory over Chelsea in their last league game and believes the Premier League benefits from a strong Newcastle team

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes the Premier League needs his side to be strong and can beat "some of the big guns."

The St James's Park outfit recorded a shock 2-0 victory over Chelsea last Saturday with goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy leaving them ninth in the top flight by the end of the weekend.

Now, as he looks to secure further points against fourth-placed Tottenham, Pardew feels his squad's ability to cause the occasional upset can make for a more entertaining competition.

"It's important that we are a strong Premiership side for the Premier League," he told reporters. "It's important that Newcastle are tipping over some of the big guns."

The 52-year-old is now eyeing the scalp of Tottenham and is hopeful his players can build on their unexpected victory over Jose Mourinho's men and eradicate memories of a 5-0 defeat to Spurs two season's ago.

He continued: "It would be nice to take through to Spurs, that confidence, but it's going to be a tough game. Two years ago [in the 5-0 defeat], we really got caught in the headlights there.

"It's an early start for us [with a midday kick-off], so we'll have to get up early, go for a walk, get the cobwebs out and get some porridge down us to make sure we're ready."