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Pardew issues Sunderland taunt

19 April 2013 16:58

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes local rivals Sunderland "can only dream" of matching their European achievements.

Pardew's side suffered a damaging 3-0 home defeat at the hands of their neighbours last Sunday, giving Paolo Di Canio an emphatic first win since taking over from Martin O'Neill.

However, despite that humbling loss Pardew still feels Sunderland remain envious of Newcastle's exploits in the UEFA Europa League.

He said: "It was a great day for Sunderland and for us a tough day. But I would rather play and give it a good go in the quarter-final of the Europa League and they can only dream of that.

"For us it is done, it is history and we have to always carry it. We have to carry it like they have to with all the defeats we have inflicted on them."

Newcastle travel to West Brom at the weekend knowing they need to pick up points in order to secure their Premier League status, and Pardew stressed that both he and the players are aware of the importance of achieving that goal.

"We now have five games to be fresh," he added. "The players have been so different in training as they know they carry responsibility for this club to get results.

"Our target is to get 40 points as quickly as possible and if you get a win you can look at the top 10 as it is that tight, but right now we need to secure some points."

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