ALAN Pardew has sensed a new-found calm on the training field at Newcastle United – after a fraught few weeks.
And Pardew is hopeful that will translate onto the pitch, where Newcastle have lacked composure on the ball.
The Tynesiders ended a three-game losing streak on Sunday when they beat Aston Villa 1-0 thanks to a dramatic injury-time winner from Loic Remy.
United – eighth in the Premier League with 11 games left to play – visit Hull City on Saturday looking to build on that hard-fought victory which lifted spirits.
Pardew said: “It was important for our fans, but equally so for us.
“We have to go into into training. We have to lift ourselves. After that win, there’ll be a few more smiles.
“We can calm down in training. We were a little bit fraught.
“We need to be calm on the ball and show a bit more composure. If we can do that, we can get back to our best.”
The Villa game came after a 4-0 home drubbing at the hands of Spurs, when the Magpies were outplayed and outfought.
While Pardew admitted Newcastle lacked cohesion going forward against Paul Lambert’s team, he didn’t think they were short of “commitment and effort”.
“The margins are tight in in football,” Pardew said. “You have to get yourself in a position for the margins to matter.
“Against Tottenham, the margins were irrelevant. We were never in the game, so it didn’t matter.
“We could have had a great slice of luck and been beaten 4-1. So the commitment and effort of the team (against Villa) was everything. That got us a platform for the victory and the clean sheet.”
Pardew – who brought in Faye Downey as a fitness consultant last summer – added: “Our fitness levels were great. We worked hard on that.”