Pardew ready for tough test

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Alan Pardew has warned the Newcastle squad that their match-up with Wigan this weekend will be tough, with the side trying not to become complacent after boasting top form at the start of their campaign.

Newcastle are currently fourth in the Barclays Premier League table, and have collected 16 points from eight matches.

But the Toon are well aware of past seasons where they’ve run out of steam and lost to teams that they should have beaten. And in that spirit, Pardew believes the side will be aiming for nothing less than three points this Saturday.


"We need to keep the levels of performance and discipline that we've set on Saturday because we've got what is potentially a slippery game," Pardew told Sky Sports News.

"We're on a tough run at the minute and they'll be really coming to us to prove a point, so we have to be on our guard."

While some have considered whether Newcastle’s start might be a fluke, Pardew said he is just concentrating on each game at a time.

"I think for us it's just the next game. We're just focusing on that and I think that's probably helped us," he explained.

"We find ourselves in a lofty position and we're hoping to stay there. We've got a home game and, as I've said before, all our home games we expect to win.

"It's important that it's a collective effort because discipline, the way we've gone about it and the way we've played our football is a good advertisement for Newcastle. We need to keep that up.”

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