English Premiership

Pardew: Magpies fear no-one

2014-11-24 09:27
Alan Pardew (File)
Cape Town - Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is in buoyant mood as his side head into a tricky period in the season on the back of a marvellous run of results.

The Magpies made a disappointing start to proceedings, going winless in their opening seven Premier League encounters and sitting in the relegation zone.

But a remarkable turnaround has seen the Tynesiders embark on a six-match unbeaten run, which includes five victories in their last five outings.

The latest win came over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, with Moussa Sissoko's 78th-minute goal clinching a 1-0 success for the hosts, lifting them to fifth in the league standings.

The December fixture list pits the Toon against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and local rivals Sunderland, but Pardew insists his players fear no-one, having already dealt with Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool during an undefeated two-month spell.

"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," Football411 quotes Pardew as saying.

"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.

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