Monday 22 January 2018

Pardew feels heat


Ken Gaunt

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits his side face a battle to retain their Premier League status, as they are now only four points clear of the drop zone after defeat at the Britannia Stadium.

Jon Walters put the home side ahead in the eighth minute and Newcastle folded in the second half to Pardew's dismay. Jermaine Pennant, Danny Higginbotham and substitute Ricardo Fuller completed the scoring.

"We have always been conscious we have never been that far away (from the relegation zone)," Pardew said.

"It is one of those days you would like to forget as a manager. But I think we have enough in the dressing-room and enough quality to win the next game and give ourselves some breathing space," he added.

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