ALAN Pardew has pleaded with Newcastle United’s travelling fans to stick by his beleaguered team at Upton Park.
Newcastle take on West Ham on Saturday knowing a win could be enough to keep the club in the Premier League.
But Pardew’s side, reeling from the weekend’s 6-0 home defeat to Liverpool, have won just once on their domestic travels all season.
And they face an uphill task against Sam Allardyce’s West ham side, captained by former Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan.
And Pardew says his players are grateful for the vocal backing, especially away from home.
“They’ve been vital to us all year – the away fans have been absolutely terrific,” Pardew said.
“I know they won’t turn on us – they love the club so much.”
Only Reading – whose relegation to the Championship was confirmed at the weekend – have a worse away record than Newcastle, who have picked up just nine points on their travels so far this season.
And unless they pick up some points from their next two games – the West Ham fixture is followed by a visit to Queens Park Rangers – Newcastle could find themselves needing a result against Arsenal at St James’s Park on the final day of the season needing a victory to stay in the Premier League.
“We need to show them something,” added Pardew, who had a spell as West Ham manager earlier in his career.
“We need to show them we’re better than our record suggests.
“Our record isn’t good enough away from home – it’s got to improve dramatically if we’re going to stay up.”