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Newcastle high fliers still need recruits

By Damian Spellman

Newcastle United 2 Fulham 1: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is desperate to add to his squad despite seeing his side drag themselves into the Barclays Premier League's top six.



At the end of a week which saw controversial midfielder Joey Barton finally sever his ties with the Magpies in the wake of exits for Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique, the men he left behind summoned up the resilience to grind out a 2-1 home victory over Fulham.

Leon Best served a reminder of his determination to win a regular starting place with a decisive double, while Ryan Taylor once again deputised as left-back with owner Mike Ashley, managing director Derek Llambias and club secretary Lee Charnley still trying to plug the gaps into which they slotted ahead of Wednesday night's transfer deadline.

PSV Eindhoven defender Erik Pieters remains frustratingly out of their reach, while they are yet to make the required progress in their hunt for a striker.

However, Pardew is not concerned that a four-game unbeaten start to the new campaign will persuade the trio that there is no need to buy.

He said: “It never worries me about winning games, I never really worry about that.

“But I am frustrated that we haven't got a couple of bodies in yet, and I think Derek and Lee and Mike are frustrated as well.

“Hopefully, we will get it over the line this week.”

Fulham refused to concede defeat after Best’s double, and Clint Dempsey got a consolation goal with an 88th-minute header.

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