Has The Pressure Lifted On Pardew?

Last updated : 19 October 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

Alan Pardew: "When you have been a manager as long as I have and experienced a team that's not functioning, you have to work doubly-hard and try to protect yourself from the pressures that are coming.

"I have had to take a lot of criticism and I have accepted that, you have to.

"But the most important thing is we can move on from this because this isn't going to be the be all and end all for us, beating Leicester.

"We need to beat some top teams and we need to improve as a team.

"It will help us this week in our work and instil some confidence in some players who I know can be better than they are showing.

"For once I am looking forward to watching Match of the Day.

"I tend to watch even when it's nasty and horrible.

"It's important for me to keep up to date with what's being said about your team and other teams. But certainly I will watch it with a smile tonight.

"We have been playing under huge pressure, we have been working under huge pressure - you can't get away from it in this city - and it's difficult.

"We really can self-harm sometimes with the pressure we put ourselves under, but on the other hand when we win, we have a euphoria like we had today, and I thought the stadium was terrific today. I can't thank the fans enough."