Alan Pardew: “I want a nice result and be able to look fans in the eye and say ‘Sorry about the last seven games, we haven’t been good enough but I’m glad I won here today’.
“That’s all I want to do. I don’t want to say ‘There’s a win I’m OK now’.
“It’s not about that, it’s about us winning a football match and giving ourselves some creditability and pride before we go to what we know is a tough game at Liverpool.
“I know on Saturday the criticism is very much focused on me this time around.
“I have to accept that. I am not going to hide from it.
“And I am not going to hide on the sideline.
“Some might ridicule me, some might be very angry, but I am doing my job.
“I have to show the players that they have to be big enough because they’ve got to play.
“I know this club that this is more important than me, Mike (Ashley), Hatem (Ben Arfa) and Loic Remy.
“We need to show that. We need to show that we are bigger than all of these names.
“We need to get the win for us all to go on holiday in the summer and be able to say to a Newcastle fan: ‘All right mate, how you doing?’”