Pardew - From Shoe Licker To Martyr!

Last updated : 02 May 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

Arsenal 3 - 0 Newcastle
Newcastle 1 - 2 Swansea 
Stoke City 1 - 0 Newcastle
Newcastle 0 - 4 Man Utd
Southampto 4 - 0 Newcastle
Newcastle 0 - 3 Everton 

As though he has done wrong, the Toon boss is willing to be the martyr to protect his troops.

What a brave little soldier he is.

Alan Pardew: "It's a job that comes with fantastic highs and also deep lows, and you have to cope with those equally well.

"I have tried to be balanced with the players this week and the pressure is very much on me.

"Sometimes it angles towards someone. Sometimes it's the owner, sometimes it's the players - this time, it's me and in a way, that's probably better for the team on this occasion.

"We all know the importance of the game for us as a club, and the club comes first. Forget about me and everything else, that's very important.

"I think that's been lost a little bit this week. This is about Newcastle and the pride that we have. Our pride has been dented.

"We have won 14 games, which at the start of the season we might have accepted. But from where we were at Christmas, we can't accept it and I agree with that.

"We have had a very difficult run, probably the toughest run I have had as a manager - certainly, results-wise it is.

"The most important thing is to try to get a stadium on Saturday that gives us a chance, and we need to make sure that we put in a performance in that first 20, 25 minutes that gets the stadium on our side and gives us a platform to try to win the game.

"Everybody at Newcastle from within and without who supports us wants us to win and we want to get that win for them."