Pardew charts Reds highs and lows

Sat, 31 Mar 14:02:45 2012

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is preparing himself for "fireworks" as he heads into yet another epic battle with Liverpool on Sunday.

The 50-year-old launched his Magpies career with a 3-1 victory over the Reds in December 2010, but has spent much of his time in the game tasting the highs and lows of football against the Anfield club.

His curriculum vitae boasts a famous FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool as a Crystal Palace player, but also a heartbreaking final defeat in the same competition as West Ham manager, and he is expecting another classic this weekend as the two clubs battle for a top-six Premier League finish.

Pardew said: "Liverpool brings out no middle ground for me. I have been beaten by them 9-0; I won a semi-final when they probably had the strongest team they have ever had and we should never have won; I was winning with 90 minutes on the clock in the FA Cup final and I was denied, and we should have won in extra-time, so that was another massive low.

"Then obviously, my first game here was a massive win, very, very important for my tenure and everything else that has gone on since.

"There is no middle ground, so expect fireworks either really negatively or really positively."


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