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Champions League still Pardew goal

PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was not giving up on Champions League football after the 4-0 drubbing at Wigan.

Two early goals from Victor Moses and further strikes from Shaun Maloney and Franco Di Santo earned the relegation-threatened Latics the points, but Pardew said: "Champions League football has not gone away from us by any stretch of the imagination.

"It's disappointing because we talked and said the right things before kick-off about not being complacent and giving them the respect they deserved, but we got caught out by that one word - intensity."

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has challenged his buoyant players to continue their recent improvement in their final two matches, against Blackburn and Wolves.

He said "It was a huge win and we have two more huge games. This result is fantastic for the fans but if we don't achieve our aim of staying in this league then it is going to mean nothing."

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish opted to remain seated in the dugout for long spells of the 0-0 draw at West Brom, with assistant manager Peter Grant directing operations .

However, the Scot denied this had anything to do with his recent treatment from some sections of Villa fans.

McLeish explained: "My seat was in the middle and it was a bit of a chore trying to get past Peter so I just let him stay out there and pass the messages on.

"It just didn't seem appropriate today. I like to stand up normally but I also sat in the dugout for the Old Trafford game recently. Don't read anything into it."

Bolton boss Owen Coyle backed his side to stay up after the 2-2 draw at Sunderland.

He said: "I am very confident - I always have been because I know what we have as a group and I know how hard we are working behind the scenes to implement bits and pieces we want at our football club."

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers was predictably unhappy with his team's defending after they squandered a 3-0 lead to draw 4-4 at home to Wolves.

He said: "There is disappointment at our defensive display. We gave away poor goals."

Everton boss David Moyes hailed Nikica Jelavic, after the £5.5million signing from Rangers took his goal tally to 10 in 13 matches since arriving in January with two in the 4-0 Fulham win.

Moyes said: "Isn't it terrific the difference it has made to the team and the club the goals that have been scored since January? I think he has been massive for us."


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