Newcastle warned to keep it tight at the back in Everton trip

Alan Pardew
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ALAN Pardew is adamant that his Newcastle United can unlock Everton and take something from Goodison Park on Monday night – if his team can keep the back door bolted shut.

Defensive lapses cost Pardew’s side last weekend, when they were beaten 3-2 by Hull City.

Loic Remy – who will return at Goodison after being rested against Leeds for the midweek Capital One Cup tie – will look to build on his two-goal haul against the Tigers as Newcastle look to end Everton’s unbeaten start to the season.

Remy and Hatem Ben Arfa starred in Newcastle’s last away game, the impressive 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

Pardew feels his team is capable of winning more games on the road – if they can be stronger without the ball.

“What it does look like in our team is that we’ve got goals,” Pardew said.

“For the first time for a long time, that bodes well.

“But we have to lock the back door. We didn’t do that against Hull, and that’s the consistency we need.

“On transition, we need to be stronger, and Cheik (Tiote) has made a big difference.” We looked much more solid (against Leeds), but we must take that forward.”

Remy, signed on a season-long loan from QPR, has scored two goals and created two more in his three appearances for Newcastle since returning to fitness.

And Pardew feels the Frenchman’s form up front has lifted the dressing room ahead of an important run of games.

“It’s obvious we needed that,” said Pardew, who could also welcome back Shola Ameobi and Jonas Gutierrez from injury against Everton.

“I think his performance was important for the group. They needed to see that he is a player that’s going to score goals.

“He was very unlucky not to get a hat-trick (against Hull).”