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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Pardew urges fans to dream of Europe

Newcastle boss wants to exceed fans' expectations after encouraging start

Pardew wants fans to revel in Newcastle's excellent form this season

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says he wants the Club's fans to keep dreaming of Champions League qualification.

The Magpies have made an excellent start to the season and extended their unbeaten run to 11 Barclays Premier League matches with a 2-1 win over Everton at St James' Park on Saturday.

That moved the side up to third ahead of a crucial run of fixtures. Newcastle travel to both Manchester Clubs on successive weekends following the international break, then host Chelsea.

But despite the tough run, Pardew said he wanted fans to keep believing in the possibility of European qualification.

"I don't want to dampen expectations. I am not here for that," said Pardew. I want fans to enjoy this and if they are dreaming of the Champions League, let them dream, it is fantastic, good luck to them.

"In the dressing room we have to be a little more conservative about our approach. We are a new team, we have done terrifically well and we go to the next game, that's it."

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Key Points

  • Newcastle make flying start to the new season
  • Pardew wants fans to revel in Club's success
  • Magpies face Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea matches