Pards faces Ell of a tough tie

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ALAN PARDEW has been warned to be on the look­out for More­cambe’s “Spe­cial K”.

Kevin El­li­son is gun­ning for New­cas­tle as the vet­eran for­ward looks to add to his two goals from the week­end.

Jim Bent­ley’s League Two min­nows will crank up the pres­sure on Pardew big style if they can pull off a huge Cap­i­tal One Cup shock.

Man­ager Bent­ley backed El­li­son to ruf­fle a few Toon feath­ers at a sold out Globe Arena.

He said: “Kevin gets in peo­ple’s faces, gets the crowd go­ing and of­ten the ref has to ask me to calm him down. I wouldn’t change him.”

Rugged Scouser El­li­son has banged in over 100 goals in 400 matches for 12 clubs, and Bent­ley added: “He typ­i­fies what we’re all about

“Credit where credit’s due, he’s 34, and peo­ple al­ways ques­tion a player’s age, but it just makes you want to come out fight­ing.

“Kevin’s got his eyes on New­cas­tle. It’s a tasty tie for us, not just for the club and the sup­port­ers, but for the town as a whole. It’s a good oc­ca­sion but we’ve got to make sure we give a good ac­count of our­selves.”

Toon boss Pardew will make changes – but knows he can’t risk a dis­as­trous de­feat by tin­ker­ing too much with a side that’s racked-up one shot on tar­get in three hours’ foot­ball.

Fo­cus­ing

Shola Ameobi will be handed an­other chance to try to im­press – but the 31-year-old ad­mits his days at St James’ Park might be num­bered.

The Nige­ria striker has less than 12 months left on his cur­rent deal, and with Pardew keen to bring in fresh at­tack­ing op­tions be­fore the trans­fer win­dow shuts, Ameobi ad­mit­ted: “If New­cas­tle don’t feel I’m up to that, I’ll move on. We’ll see what hap­pens.

“I’m just fo­cus­ing on the More­cambe game, be­cause some­thing we haven’t done in a long time is win a do­mes­tic tro­phy.

Dan Gosling, Paul Dum­mett and keeper Rob El­liot are set to come in for Toon, who will again be without Yo­han Cabaye.

The un­set­tled France mid­fielder is wait­ing for Arse­nal to im­prove their ini­tial £12mil­lion of­fer.

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