ALAN Pardew says there can be no excuses for his Newcastle side against Manchester United – after “making a stand” at the club, writes Miles Starforth.
Pardew and his players came under fire from fans after last weekend’s 4-0 hammering at the hands of Southampton.
And midfielder Moussa Sissoko – who limped off the pitch at the St Mary’s Stadium – has joined a lengthening injury this week.
Forward Loic Remy won’t be fit in time to face Man United at St James’s Park tomorrow.
Newcastle have failed to score in 10 of their last 14 Premier League games.
But beleaguered manager Pardew – whose position has again been questioned by angry supporters – says the club’s injury list and Man United’s improving form can’t be used as excuses ahead of the Premier League game.
“I think there’s still a question mark hanging over Man United in the Premier League,” Pardew said.
“We have to capitalise on that, but there are plenty of excuses for us this week.
“Man United have had a great result against Bayern Munich and have their tails up, while we’ve got a few injuries and didn’t play well last week.
“There are a lot of excuses for us, but the excuses are irrelevant.
“We’re at home, we’re Newcastle United and we’ve got a team that’s good enough. We’ve got to try and win the game.”
Pardew asked his players to report to the club’s training ground last Sunday for an inquest into the Southampton defeat.
The 52-year-old – who wouldn’t be drawn on the decision of Norwich City’s players to reimburse fans who saw their club beaten 3-0 at Swansea City last weekend – felt he the team’s abject performance needed to be addressed – and quickly.
“It’s very important to make a stand quickly,” said Pardew.
“It wasn’t acceptable. We did that on Sunday. We had some (players) in.
“I think we owe the fans a performance, especially those that travelled down. We want to give them something to shout about.
“The most important thing for this group is that there’s a recognition that when you don’t do the job correctly, that it must be done correctly.”