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Pardew pleased by Newcastle spirit


Alan Pardew's side fought back twice to earn a draw at the Liberty Stadium

Alan Pardew's side fought back twice to earn a draw at the Liberty Stadium

Alan Pardew's side fought back twice to earn a draw at the Liberty Stadium

Embattled Newcastle manager Alan Pardew insisted his side's fightback at Swansea is proof that his players continue to give everything for him.

Newcastle twice fell behind at Swansea in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday but Senegal striker Papiss Cisse equalised on both occasions to provide welcome relief for the under-fire Pardew.

The travelling Newcastle supporters still regularly called for the manager's departure while also turning their wrath on owner Mike Ashley, who was also present at the Liberty Stadium, but Pardew admitted he took huge satisfaction from the 2-2 draw and thanked those who had taken the time to send him messages of support.

"The one thing you have to analyse when you're a football manager is the team giving you everything and I don't think my worst critic would have said they didn't out there," Pardew said.

"They gave me everything and, though I'd like to have seen a bit more and confidence and flair in the team, that will come.

"We're a better team than we're showing at the moment but I have to concentrate on the here and now.

"I'm not looking too much further forward than I was Swansea and my attention turns to the next game."

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Newcastle's next game after the international break is at home to Leicester on October 18 and Pardew believes the spirit shown at Swansea will ease the pressure on him.

"We know that the tension in the stands and in the stadium is not going to go away in the short-term," Pardew said.

"But what we must focus on is performance and I think we've got a bit to lean on from this game.

"We'll take the positives out of it so the players can play to the best of their ability.

"I just have to just focus on the team and improve the team as best I can.

"I don't think I'll ever get a boring fortnight, but what I would say is that I've had lots of messages of support from within the game and I would like to publicly thank people for them."

Swansea boss Garry Monk felt a lack of concentration hurt his side after they had dominated the majority of the game and taken the lead through Wilfried Bony and Wayne Routledge.

"It's two points dropped and the goals we conceded were poor," Monk said.

"There was a lack of concentration and it's cost us dearly.

"We knew Newcastle would be fighting and they showed that in their performance.

"We were dominant but we conceded a poor goal before half-time and we spoke about starting the second half very well.

"We did that but possession came for us too easily and that was our downfall for the second goal because they countered and scored."

Monk had made a strong pre-match appeal for referees to provide greater protection for his players.

The Swansea boss feels fouls against his side have gone largely unpunished this season but he later expressed his unhappiness with Lee Mason's performance.

"I think my point was made blatantly clear once again," Monk said.

"I can't say any more than I've already said and yet it seems to have gone unheard.

"They had 13 or 14 fouls before anything even happened and (Fabricio) Coloccini was in the back of Bony all the time before he was booked."


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