Why Newcastle must name their strongest line-up in the League Cup against Manchester City tonight

Alan Pardew

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew should play his strongest team against Manchester City tonight.

Alan Pardew must ensure that he plays his first-choice Newcastle United team tonight, as they take on Manchester City.

The Magpies have not lifted a trophy since 1969, when they won the UEFA Fairs Cup, meaning that a whole generation of supporters have never seen them have success.

Despite this, the fan-base remains loyal. Newcastle have one of the biggest support-bases in the country and they deserve more. 

When Pardew was handed his highly talked about eight-year-deal just two years ago, he set out his intentions. 

"Looking at it realistically, if I want to win a trophy, if I am going to win a trophy what better opportunities am I going to have as a manager?" he questioned.

Since, though, these words have proved false. Pardew has regularly fielded reserves sides regularly in both cup competitions and he must resist the urge this time around.

Newcastle have not made it past the fourth round of the FA Cup for eight years and this year's Capital One Cup may present the best opportunity they have had in a long time to add a trophy to a cabinet which has been gathering dust. 

The chance to see Newcastle play at Wembley has been something that a generation of supporters have yearned for and, if they play their full strength side tonight, that ambition may just come true. 

Of course, the side's task has been made more difficult given their task of beating Manchester City - a side who do take the competition seriously - but it is an achievable feat.

City have shown weaknesses this season already and Stoke City and West Ham United have been able to beat them in the Premier League.

Newcastle are now unbeaten in three, meaning they travel to the game with growing confidence, and another win would raise moral even further. 

Pardew now needs to place a precedence on this cup competition and give his team the best chance of ending their prolonged wait for a trophy by fielding his strongest line-up tonight. 

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