Alan Pardew feeling the buzz

Alan Pardew
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Alan Pardew is enjoying the buzz around the city as Newcastle push for the Champions League.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is enjoying the buzz of the city as his side battle for a Champions League spot.

Newcastle beat Stoke City 3-0 on Saturday to go four points above Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place.

"I drove in and had a coffee early before the game and you can feel the buzz," said Pardew.

"The fans were out early, getting prepared for the game and you can feel the atmosphere. We're not going to put the dream down and throw any clichés at it. We simply have a chance.

"Football is important in this city. There are a lot of people out of work and when you look elsewhere, it is a tough environment for businesses and for people to earn money. But when they come to the stadium they see a team playing like we are and it just lifts you and they can take that back into the workplace.

"The momentum is with us and momentum at this club can be a powerful force. I am lucky not to have been here when it is the other way because playing in front of 52,000 when it is not going well must be tough."

Newcastle's last four games will see them travel to Wigan Athletic, Chelsea and Everton as well as hosting Manchester City in their penultimate game of the season.

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