United manager wants more silverware

FARO, PORTUGAL - JULY 28: Manager of Newcastle United Alan Pardew during a Pre Season Friendly between Newcastle United and SC Braga on July 28, 2012, at the Estadio Algarve in Faro, Portugal (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Newcastle United via Getty Images)
FARO, PORTUGAL - JULY 28: Manager of Newcastle United Alan Pardew during a Pre Season Friendly between Newcastle United and SC Braga on July 28, 2012, at the Estadio Algarve in Faro, Portugal (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Alan Pardew saw his Newcastle United side lift a trophy at the weekend – then set his sights on more silverware.

A 2-1 win over Braga on Portugal’s Algarve on Saturday saw Newcastle become the first English club to lift the Torneo Guadiana.

The victory followed a 1-1 draw against Olympiakos the night before.

Pardew named a strong team to face Braga, who are in Champions League qualifying round this season.

And second-half goals from Demba Ba and Ryan Taylor gave United a hard-fought victory at the Algarve Stadium.

“You always want to win trophies,” Pardew told the Shields Gazette – the Northumberland Gazette’s sister paper.

“I thought it was a really good game. Braga were the best team we have played, and we were near our best.

“We had a strong side out, and that was important because we wanted to win it – and we have.

“It was a physical encounter. They really wanted to win it – like we did.

“They put a really strong team out, they are in the Champions League in two weeks. So they aren’t far away, and nor are we.”

The game was decided by a stunning free-kick from dead-ball specialist Taylor.

“It was a great goal,” said Pardew. “We all said on the bench that we just knew it was in when he lined up.

“Nobody can hit the ball quite like him.”

Captain Fabricio Coloccini lifted the trophy – a model of the bridge that crosses the river Guadiana and links Portugal and Spain – and the hope is the defender can lead his team to another and end Newcastle’s 43-year trophy drought.

“It’s nice to have a trophy in the dressing room,” added Pardew.

“Hopefully, we’ll have another one at the end of the year. That would be nice.

“I feel we’re ready to start the season. We know we have to hit the ground running.

“It’s been the best possible start to win a trophy – get an honourable draw against Olympiakos and then beat Braga. It’s a good start for us.”