Pardew keen to sign new recruits
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will urge owner Mike Ashley to open his chequebook this week after leading his side to a derby victory at Sunderland.
The Magpies headed for the Stadium of Light without a specialist left-back and still searching for a top-class striker, but returned with all three points after staging a spirited rearguard action. Ironically, it was Ryan Taylor, the utility man asked to plug the gap left by Jose Enrique, who claimed the headlines with a 62nd-minute free-kick which proved enough to clinch a precious win.
Pardew admitted he would resume his mission to add new recruits on the back of a solid start to the season, which has brought four points from two games, and he said: "A victory like this helps me with [managing director] Derek [Llambias] and Mike to go upstairs and say, 'Come on, let's try to get them in this week'."
He added: "We want to get the right players and we want to get the best value we can, and we are trying to do that.
"The group I have got is sound. They are aware to balance us up, we perhaps need a left-back in the building and we need a striker in, and that's what we are going to try to do."
Taylor's intervention proved decisive as he curled a right-foot free-kick high over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and into the top corner to claim victory.
The Magpies had earlier withstood a first-half onslaught as the Black Cats dominated possession, although goalkeeper Tim Krul had only two saves of note to make, both from the lively Stephane Sessegnon.
Asamoah Gyan clipped the top of the crossbar at the end of a first half during which Mignolet had tipped away Yohan Cabaye's swerving long-range effort, although the visitors should have been awarded a penalty when Sebastian Larsson handled Joey Barton's goal-bound 14th-minute header on the line, but it was crucially unseen by referee Howard Webb.
Pardew said: "By the players' reactions, you could tell it was a penalty. I knew from the side that it was a penalty, and he has handled it, so he has to go off."
Sunderland, who had full-back Phil Bardsley sent off at the death for a second bookable offence, ran out of steam after the break. And after Taylor had given them the lead, Newcastle rarely looked like surrendering it.