Pardew asks men to hold strong to bring back Newcastle from the cusp of relegation
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew claims his side will have to beat Premier League minnow Queens Park Rangers next Sunday in order to avoid entering the relegation zone. Alan Pardew was hoping to have secured another season in the Premier League by now, but abysmal performances in recent games have led Newcastle United down dark path.
The Toons recorded a goalless draw against West Ham United last Saturday to mark a huge improvement by Alan Pardew’s side after they were hammered 6-0 by Liverpool in the previous game.
Now, Alan Pardew sits tight hoping for a big win over Queens Park Rangers. Meanwhile, Wigan Athletic’s traditional late surge in the Premier League has created intense competition in the relegation zone.
There are only two games left in the season, but mathematically all 10 of the teams from the bottom half are susceptible to being relegated. Newcastle United will have to record positive results against Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal if they want to grab safe position on the table.
Next weekend’s clash at Loftus Road will be crucial to Newcastle United’s survival in the Premier League.
“That win for Wigan is not just between us and them, it's put a lot of other teams in the mix now,” Alan Pardew said. “There is a lot of pressure. We can only determine what we can determine. We've had a tough season and now we have got to show the quality in the group to get us out of this mess that we are in.
“Of course I am aware that fate isn't in our own hands and of course, you don't want to be in that situation, but there is still a lot of football to be played this season, these next two or three games.
“Performance is going out the window now. It really is about points total. We need a win at QPR however it comes. We've got to try to keep our minds together and get through the season. For us, the point (at West Ham) could be absolutely crucial and we've got to make it crucial now by getting three points at QPR.”
Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez claims his side played impressively against West Ham United on Saturday. Jonas Gutierrez insists his team showed spirit to fight, which shows they were far from being called done in the Premier League.
“I think we showed that was a performance of a united, committed team,” Jonas Gutierrez said. “Everybody could see we were fighting for each other. It has been a difficult few weeks, and we haven't been solid or compact.
“No one who was here could say we weren't playing for each other, fighting until the final whistle. If we'd played more games like this in recent weeks, I don't think we'd be talking about a relegation battle. We showed the fighting qualities we need to survive.”