Newcastle United have been urged to “go for Huddersfield Town’s throats” in Saturday’s big St James’ Park showdown.
Former player and now radio pundit Micky Quinn says the Magpies must announce their arrival in the Championship with a win.
Rafa Benitez’s relegated side made an inauspicious start to the new season when they were beaten 1-0 at Fulham.
Quinn says it was a sign that Newcastle, who remain title favourites, will have to work hard in their new surroundings.
The Town clash is their first home game, with a 52,000-plus crowd expected - and Quinn says the Toon must make life uncomfortable for David Wagner’s side.
“Newcastle had a bit of a kick up the backside at Fulham,” said Quinn in the Newcastle Chronicle.
“No-one should think we’re going to walk the Championship. It’s a hell of a tough league and the Fulham game showed that you have to earn the right to win at this level.
“There should be no complacency and no taking three points for granted.
“Having said all of that, I want to see Newcastle go for Huddersfield’s throats.
“You saw on the final day of last season when Spurs were thrashed 5-1 what St James’ Park can be like when it’s rocking, the handbrake is off and Newcastle are going for it.
“It’s a fearsome place to play and if the team, the supporters and the management are on the same page it goes up another notch.
“That is exactly what has happened since Rafa Benitez was given the manager’s job.
“And you can see from the season-ticket sales and the promise of a full house on Saturday that supporters are enthusiastic about the prospect of the first home game of the season.”
Benitez could hand a first appearance of the season to unsettled forward Moussa Sissoko.
The £35m-rated French international has been linked with a move away from Tyneside, with Juventus and Real Madrid mentioned as possible destinations.
Nothing has materialised as yet, and with transfer deadline day not until August 31, Benitez could be keen to use Sissoko while he still ha the chance.