Tuesday 23 January 2018

Pardew pleads caution

Damien Spellman

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew insists he will not allow his players to be carried away after seeing them secure a third successive Premier League victory.

The Magpies climbed to within a single point of the Champions League places yesterday courtesy of a win over Norwich at St James' Park.

However, despite seeing off Chelsea, Tottenham and the Canaries, Pardew is refusing to consider his side as contenders for Europe's biggest stage.

"I keep criticising the press locally here in that when we win, we are a European team or whatever, and then when we lose, it's the end of the world," Pardew said.

"It's just really truly about winning games, keeping our feet on the ground and seeing where we go. The only agenda I have set them, really and truly, was to win, there was no other agenda because this game is an easy game to lose."

Newcastle raced into a commanding lead with Loic Remy heading them in front with just two minutes gone – it was the club's first goal from a corner since October 2011 – and Yoan Gouffran adding a second seven minutes before the break.

But they failed to kill the game off and when Leroy Fer powered an 80th-minute header past Tim Krul amid a late flurry, nerves were jangling at St James' Park.

For City manager Chris Hughton, it proved a frustrating afternoon, compounded by a bad injury to Republic of Ireland winger Anthony Pilkington, who was carried off after damaging a hamstring.

Sunday Independent

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