UNDER-pressure Alan Pardew says he takes full responsibility for Newcastle United’s plight at the foot of the Premier League.
The club is propping up the division four games into the new season.
And the pressure on Pardew intensified after Saturday’s 4-0 drubbing at Southampton.
The club’s travelling fans at the St Mary’s Stadium chanted for his dismissal. But United owner Mike Ashley has resisted those demands, and the 53-year-old will be in charge for Saturday’s home game against Hull City.
For his part, embattled Pardew (right) is adamant that his new-look team will improve.
“I think as a group, and individually, we’re better than we showed, and I take responsibility for that,” said Pardew, now odds-on favourite to be the next top-flight manager to lose his job.
“It’s a heavy defeat when we were looking for so much more.”
Newcastle were beaten at the St Mary’s Stadium by the same scoreline last season, and United were undone by another slow start on the south coast, where they were found wanting at both ends of the pitch.
“It was a typical performance when we come here,” said Pardew.
“We didn’t start great, and they had pressure before that first goal. They got that goal and then it was always going to be uphill for us.
“The second goal was an error and a bit of fortune on their part, and then you really have got a battle. It was a tough day to take.”
Pardew lost Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons to injury during the international break.
And a squad which he had felt was strong enough to cope with injuries before a ball was kicked is already being tested.
“We had two injuries this week that were particular blows mentally to us,” said Pardew.
“To then concede two goals like that, it’s very, very difficult to dig yourself out. After 20 minutes, I thought we regrouped. We were better, and I think at that point we needed a break.
“Moussa (Sissoko) had a great chance and unfortunately it didn’t go in, and we really needed that.
“It was that time of the game that we needed to score, and we had a good bit of pressure. Second half, again we conceded a bad goal and then the game was gone.
“Then it really was about damage limitation really.”
H Newcastle’s Under 21s won 2-1 against Wolves last night. Gael Bigirimana and Tom Heardman were on target for Peter Beardsley’s side.
Both netted in the first half, with Eusebio Bancessi scoring after the break for Wolves, coached by former United winger Scott Sellars.
Young striker Adam Campbell, meanwhile, is facing more than a month on the sidelines as he is set to undergo hernia surgery.
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