Inquest shows Newcastle players care, insists Pardew ahead of Swansea clash

UNDER PRESSURE ... Newcastle boss Alan Pardew
UNDER PRESSURE ... Newcastle boss Alan Pardew
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BOSS Alan Pardew says the dressing-room ructions after Newcastle United’s fourth successive defeat showed the players DO care about the Magpies’ plight.

But Pardew admits the fans will only be convinced once they see an improvement on the pitch.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini led a post-game inquest into injury-hit Newcastle’s poor form at the Britannia Stadium after last week’s 1-0 Premier League defeat to Stoke.

Coloccini talked of the need to “respect” Newcastle’s shirt after the match, which saw chants for Pardew to be sacked.

And Pardew – whose side take on relegation-threatened Swansea City at St James’s Park tomorrow – believes the reaction of Coloccini and his team-mates to the loss was telling.

“You’d be disappointed if you didn’t have some noises coming out of our dressing room,” Pardew said.

“If we all sat around saying ‘OK, we’ve lost again – it doesn’t matter, we’re ninth’ there would be something wrong.

“There’s enough come out this week to show we passionately care.

“At the end of the day, we’ve still got to produce a performance and get a win, or certainly not a defeat.

“We don’t want to lose a fifth on the trot. That would be tough for any manager at any football club, let alone Newcastle.”

Coloccini and Pardew reminded the players of their “responsibilities” after the Stoke match, which followed heavy defeats to Manchester United, Southampton and Everton.

“Colo’s my captain,” said Pardew, whose side are ninth in the table with four games left to play.

“We both care deeply about the club. To see our fans as upset as they were, and as angry they have been this week, is not something that we like.

“We have to make it clear to all the group here the responsibility we hold in taking this club forward.”

“We have to respond in the right manner against Swansea.”