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Pre-match: Newcastle United

Posted on 8 April 2005  - 12:00

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Ledley King admits there is a little score to settle with Sunday's opponents Newcastle United following our unfortunate FA Cup exit against them less than a month ago.

It was one of our best away performances of the season at St James Park, but the boys could just not snatch an equaliser after Patrick Kluivert's 5th minute opener, despite piling huge pressure on the home side.

It is still fresh in the memory and Ledley hopes the winning of three points on Sunday would help ease some of the disappointment.

"Yes, the cup game was disappointing for us," sighed the skipper. "We thought we did enough to get something out of the game at least. We will take that into the home game, along with confidence from the cup game - we know we were the better team for large periods of the game.

"With our home fans behind us we are looking forward to it.

"We had a few good chances and the keeper was man of the match on the day. Sometimes that happens, he was inspired and wasn't going to be beaten. We gave it everything we had but it wasn't to be."

Newcastle suffered a little downturn in form after their Cup progress - drawing with Portsmouth and losing at home to Aston Villa. A UEFA Cup victory over Sporting Lisbon will have lifted spirits, not that Ledley was reading too much into their form guide in any case.

"I'm not too sure about whether there is a good time to play teams. When we played them in the cup they came in on the back of some good results and we really dominated the game.

"It hasn't gone so well for them in the last few weeks, but we can't take anything for granted. We're at home, we will go out and give it everything we've got again and make sure we come out with the win this time."

Newcastle will be without the three players sent off against Villa last weekend, which is likely to result in a starting place for midfielder Jermaine Jenas - a player Ledley rates very highly.

"Having spent time with him for England I've realised what a good player he is. He was captain for them earlier in the season and, for someone so young to captain a team like Newcastle, he's got to have something about him.

"He is a fantastic player and it is hard for me to see why he wasn't playing. If he is playing he is one we have to keep an eye on.

"I saw him in his last few months at Forest and you could see what a good player he was then. With a big move to Newcastle he is showing what a player he is and what he is going to be."