Pardew won't cool expectations
Alan Pardew says he is happy for supporters to dream of Champions League qualification following Newcastle's superb start to the season.
Last Updated: 07/11/11 9:07am
Alan Pardew says he is happy for supporters to dream of UEFA Champions League qualification following Newcastle's superb start to the season.
The Magpies remain unbeaten in the Premier League after beating Everton 2-1 at St James' Park on Saturday to tighten their grip on a place in the top four.
They are currently third and Pardew can understand the growing excitement among fans, although he is refusing to get carried away at this stage.
While the manager is proud of the way his troops have performed during the early part of the campaign, he is staying focused on the next match against Manchester City on 19th November.
"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."
Taylor relishing challenge
The trip to the Etihad Stadium will be Newcastle's sternest test to date and marks the beginning of a daunting set of fixtures.
The Magpies travel back to Manchester a week later to face United and then host Chelsea in their next match, but one man relishing the challenge is Ryan Taylor.
Taylor's stunning volley helped Newcastle to victory against Everton and he is thrilled to be playing his part in a successful team, having taken his opportunity to shine at left-back this season.
"The gaffer gave me a chance to show what I could do and it has worked out well for him and me," said Taylor.
"I have been given quite a lot of opportunities. That was my 50th start. I was injured for four months last season then came back and got suspended.
"Last season was a frustrating one definitely, but I can only look to the future now. I have had some tough times here at Newcastle but this is a nice, bright period I am going through."
Looking ahead to the next three fixtures, Taylor added: "Nine easy points there!"
"We have a lot of hard work to do to prepare ourselves for the biggest three teams in the league.
"It is going to be tough but we have nothing to lose and we can have a go at those teams."