What Reception Will Pardew Get?

Last updated : 30 April 2016 By Footy Mad - Editor

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Instead he wants them to cheer Newcastle on to the win he believes is vital to keep alive their survival prospects.

The Crystal Palace boss can expect a hostile reception from a section of the St James’ Park crowd who never warmed to him during his spell at the club.

But Benitez believes booing him mercilessly once the whistle blows could be counter-productive and play into the hands of the FA Cup finalists.

“Everyone will have their own opinion,” said the Spaniard, who unlike Pardew does not divide the opinion of the Magpies’ support.

“But for me, the main thing is, once we start, they have to support the team like they have been doing in the past because that makes a difference.

“If everybody is just behind the players and focus on helping them, then I think that will be much better.

“You known when you are at home, the fans are behind you.

“You feel the atmosphere and it is a massive thing because you always have that extra mile in your legs.”

There were times towards the end of Pardew’s reign that the atmosphere was so hostile he did not even venture into the technical area.

But Benitez fears a repeat today could rebound on Newcastle.

“He did a good job guiding Newcastle to fifth and after that, maybe not so well but I’m sure our fans will concentrate on supporting the team,” he said.

“I do not think the reaction of some Palace players will be different if they boo.

“They are used to playing away and will approach the game as they always do.”