Alan Pardew looking to replace Barton
Pardew insists he will take tonight’s tie seriously – despite the dual demands it would place on his threadbare squad. Having seen Birmingham lose their Premier League status last season after winning the Carling Cup a few top-flight managers have dismissed the competition, but Pardew is not be one of them.
He said: “I’m trying to see past that, I don’t think the two things went hand in hand – I’m pretty sure there were other factors. But you have to look at our squad and say we are definitely better equipped to attack the two cup competitions.