Newcastle United’s Pardew: Safety is in our hands

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ALAN Pardew is adamant Newcastle United’s destiny will still be in their hands at Loftus Road – even if Wigan Athletic win tonight.

Newcastle dropped to 17th in the Premier League last night after Sunderland’s point against Stoke, and are three points above third-from-bottom Wigan, who have a game in hand over Pardew’s side.

Roberto Mancini’s FA Cup finalists take on Swansea City at the DW Stadium tonight looking to win and move above Newcastle on goal difference.

That would put Newcastle – who played out a goalless draw with West Ham United on Saturday – in the drop zone ahead of Sunday’s game against relegated Queens Park Rangers.

Pardew, however, maintains that his team will still be masters of their own destiny by the time they take to the pitch at Loftus Road.

Asked if the club’s grasp on its fate was loosening, Pardew said: “I’m not so sure about that.

“There is still a lot of football to play. I don’t think that will be the scenario, I really don’t.

“But in terms of us? We can only take from each game what is on offer. We took a point (at Upton Park). Perhaps we could have had three so we have to take what we got at West Ham and move on.”

While frustrated United didn’t take all three points at West Ham, he was pleased with the reaction from his players to the previous weekend’s 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool.

Pardew and his players came under renewed fire in the wake of that result.

And it was important for the team to respond with a spirited and positive performance in east London.

“When you get a hammering like we got, and then get the reaction in the Press, it’s difficult to respond in the way we have,” added Pardew. “But we did with that performance.

“Fair play to my players, because they deserve a lot of credit for it.

“It is not easy having a week like that, then being able to perform as strongly as that and as disciplined as we were.”