Newcastle can keep on winning run going, says boss Alan Pardew
Newcastle 1 QPR 0
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insists his team should fear no-one as they attempt to extend their remarkable run of form.
The Magpies climbed into the top five in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday evening as a result of a 1-0 victory over QPR, their fifth in succession in the league and sixth in all competitions.
That represents a remarkable turn-around for a manager who just a matter of weeks ago was facing concerted calls for his head from disgruntled fans.
The 53-year-old is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he prepares for a December fixture list which includes clashes with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United as well as a derby showdown with Sunderland, although he is not unduly concerned by the task ahead.
Asked how important it was to have beaten QPR ahead of that tough schedule facing the Magpies, Pardew said: "You could have argued that three games ago, four games ago.
"We had Manchester City and Liverpool and Spurs and we sailed through that - so don't look at the fixtures and think that there's anything that we can't deal with.
"It is a tough December, there's no doubt about that, but the team is in such a good place today, we were so disciplined today.
"I think anybody who recognises Premier League football and watches it on a regular basis would see that as a really powerful performance from a young team, so that was really good for us," he added.
Newcastle enjoyed the better of the game, but were unable to make the pressure tell until 12 minutes from the final whistle when they finally broke the visitors' stubborn resistance, skipper-for-the-day Moussa Sissoko spinning on Sammy Ameobi's pass before shooting firmly past keeper Rob Green.
Substitute Papiss Cisse might have cemented the win in injury time after running on to Sissoko's beautiful reverse pass, but although his scuffed shot beat Green, former Magpie Joey Barton was able to clear before the ball crossed the line.