Pardew targets fifth consecutive Newcastle win

The Magpies head to Swansea City's Liberty Stadium having claimed victory in their last four matches but the 52-year-old expects a tough game against the injury-hit hosts
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hopes that his side can make it five wins in a row when they face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

The Magpies are on a fine run of form, having beaten West Brom, Norwich City, Tottenham and Chelsea in their last four matches.

That run has seen Newcastle move up to sixth place in the table, just a point behind Liverpool and Everton, and Pardew wants another three points for his side.

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"We're playing well at the minute. We've had four really tough games and managed to edge them all," he told the club's official website, "but going to Swansea on a Wednesday night will be difficult.

"They beat us last year so I'm very determined to try and get a result there.

"It would be great if we could keep the run going - that's what we want to do. I want to keep the momentum."

Newcastle face a Swansea side who have won just once in the Premier Laague at the Liberty Stadium all season and Pardew feels that the Swans' participation in the Europa League this season is one of the reasons for their poor home record.

"I think they've suffered from playing seven more games than us - and injuries. It takes its toll," he observed. "Swansea have had a couple of blows of late and it's never good to take that at any club, let alone the size of the clubs we are.

"For the Chelseas, Manchester Uniteds and Manchester Cities, it's a little bit easier to sustain."