Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes that a win against Chelsea on Saturday could provide the much-needed lift that his side needs following their defeat to Sunderland last weekend.
The Magpies were beaten by a late Fabio Borini winner in the Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light last Sunday.
But Pardew is confident that Newcastle, who have dropped into the bottom half of the table with just one win from the last five matches, can get a result this weekend.
“I think we have got an even chance against Chelsea, I genuinely do,” the former Southampton boss told Sky Sports.
“You need those breaks and things to go your way and the first goal will be important in this fixture.
“To beat one of the top teams you need to be at your very best. You cannot win a game in the Premier League when they have got the resources they have got, unless you are at your very best.”
Pardew’s side face two tough games back-to-back as they travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur next Sunday.
Chelsea are undefeated in their last ten matches in all competition and have beaten Manchester City and Arsenal in their previous two fixtures.
But the Pardew believes that the Magpies, who are currently three points clear of the relegation zone, can get a result against Chelsea then confidence will grow again and their fortunes will change.
“It can transform your season, a win against Chelsea or Spurs, and that’s what we have got to look for,” he added.
Supporters were left frustrated after a derby day defeat to Sunderland – the Black Cats’ first win of the season.
And the 52-year-old admitted: “It’s frustrating because it’s difficult when there’s such emotion riding after the Sunderland game, and I understand that.
“But we are hurt as well. When you have played your heart out and in the 85th minute the opposition smash it in the top corner.
“We are down and we need a lift and I hope our fans give us a lift on Saturday. They did last night (against Man City) and we responded to that, and they need to be in really, really good voice for us to have a chance against Chelsea.”
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