Alan Pardew promises to turn things around at Newcastle.


Alan Pardew has promised to fight on after Newcastle suffered another defeat in their start to the Premier League season.

Newcastle lost 1-0 to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night after Peter Crouch scored a header courtesy of Victor Moses’ cross in the 15th minute.

Jack Colback could have sealed a point for the Magpies but hit the bar instead as Newcastle lost to remain second from bottom in the Premier League table.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley observed the defeat from the stands, and Pardew has promised to fight on and change the situation, despite some fans wanting him to go.

Alan Pardew told Sky Sports: "It leaves us in the bottom three. We've got to fight, I've got to fight and the team’s got to fight and that’s what we’ll continue to do until we turn it round.

"I don’t expect a serious conversation with Mike Ashley tonight but I think we’ll have some serious conversations before Saturday, because he doesn't want to lose and nor do I.

"It’s important that I showed to the team that I'm here to lead.

"I've never really been in this situation before - it’s unique - but I’m a professional football manager. That’s what I do, and that’s what I’ll continue to do."

The Newcastle manager added: "It’s a tough place to come (is) Stoke on any given day, but today was tough for us.

"(There were) slight margins in the game but unfortunately another defeat for us and you can’t keep getting beat so we’re going to have to address that.

"That's been our problem probably for most of the season really (the final third letting them down).

"We've got to find a little bit more quality there. Our delivery, our method a little bit let us down in that area. We're going to need to make a couple of changes I think to the starting 11 to give ourselves a bit more thrust.

"We just need something in that final area, someone to create the moment. We've had a few chances tonight. Unfortunately tonight we weren't able to get that."

Pardew made changes in the second half which seemed to help the momentum of the attack and also explained why Papiss Cisse didn't start the match.

Pardew said: "Cisse obviously was not quite match fit. He got the two goals for us last weekend, but it probably showed (in the) second half tonight that he's not quite there but he'll be a big player for us.

"Stoke defend really well, they get their midfield in tight to the back four and make it very difficult for you but we just didn't come up with the answer tonight."


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