Everton defender Phil Jagielka is relishing the chance to take on Newcastle United at Goodison Park on Monday and has labelled Alan Pardew as "disrespectful".
Prior to the Toffees' 3-1 victory over the Magpies on the final day of last season, Pardew said that Newcastle are in a different league to David Moyes' team.
Jagielka is now looking forward to demonstrating their supremacy over Newcastle once again on Monday.
"I wouldn't say there was a bit of an edge to the game, but I think it's a little bit disrespectful for someone to say something like that after one good season," he said in The Liverpool Echo.
"Fair play, Newcastle had a fantastic season and massively overachieved, but they aren't the first team to overachieve for a season.
"In the Premier League it's all about consistency, and if you look at how we have performed over the years, then it's a little bit disrespectful to come out and say something like that."
Jagielka is also pleased with Everton's start to the Premier League season that has seen them pick up six points from three matches.
"We're only four or five games into the season but I needed a good start to the season," he said.
"You set yourself high standards and I've maybe not reached them as consistently as I'd like in the last season or so.
"It's important we got off to a good start this season and we have another Monday night game at Goodison and hopefully the boys can do well again.
"We enjoy those Monday night games especially when the other teams are like Man United and Newcastle, who always bring great support.
"The result was great for us against United but after the disappointing result and performance against West Brom hopefully we can bounce back at home."