Pardew calls for perspective over Newcastle run

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ALAN Pardew says he was always confident he would turn around Newcastle United’s fortunes – but insists their current run needs to be kept in perspective.

The Magpies have won their last three games heading into today’s lunchtime clash with Liverpool at St James’s Park.

It has been a remarkable turnaround for Pardew, who faced relentless calls for his sacking at the start of last month.

Wednesday’s League Cup victory at Manchester City increased the positive mood, but Pardew insists Newcastle have achieved nothing yet this season.

And he says his side will have to “fight like hell” if they are to make it four wins in a row against Brendan Rodgers’ team today.

Pardew said: “It’s accentuated even more at this club, and I do think there is a ‘law of our land’ in the North-East.

“I’ve tried to cut through a little bit and keep a consistency with what’s going on.

“I think we have to learn that as a squad, and I said to the squad after the Man City game that probably on social media and everything, it’s now going to be, ‘We’ve got the best young players in the country and we’ve got a great chance of winning the cup’.

“Yet really and truly we’ve had two great results away from home and that’s our season.

“Let’s just keep it in perspective and fight like hell against Liverpool. That’s what we intend to do.”

Pardew has been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks, which he says has left him “tired”.

Newcastle found themselves in the Premier League’s relegation zone as recently as a week ago, but their manager was always confident he would find a “solution” to spark a revival.

He added: “I don’t know about being relaxed – I’m just very tired.

“As an experienced manager, I’ve experienced times like that before.

“Not perhaps with the scale of the media criticism that I was receiving, but certainly in terms of results I’ve had results like that at Charlton and West Ham, and you have to try to find a solution.

“If you don’t believe you’re strong enough as a character to find a solution, then don’t do the job.

“I’m confident I can do this job, and I was always confident I could turn it around.”

Even if Newcastle make it four wins on the spin today, Pardew insists that would merely cancel out the poor start to the season.

He said: “It would certainly lift us into a position in the league that I think would be acceptable given the outlay we’ve done and the squad we’ve had.

“At the moment, we’re obviously under that.

“(A win) would get us back on an even keel, but I think that’s all.”