We’re still fighting for Pardew, insists Gouffran

BACKING: Yoan Gouffran.
BACKING: Yoan Gouffran.
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YOAN Gouffran says Newcastle United’s players ARE behind under-fire manager Alan Pardew.

Pardew’s side twice came from behind to claim a point from Saturday’s game against Swansea City.

Newcastle drew 2-2 at the Liberty Stadium thanks to two goals from Papiss Demba Cisse – but the club remains third from bottom of the Premier League.

And many supporters want a change in manager after a dismal calendar year on the field.

But forward Gouffran says Pardew retains the backing of the players, who he insists are working hard to lift the team up the table.

“We have to work not only for the manager, but also the club and the fans,” Gouffran admitted. “We have to do the best and try to win.”

Pardew felt his players showed “character” in South Wales against fifth-placed Swansea.

And Gouffran feels the result will prove important for the confidence of an under-performing team which has struggled at both ends of the pitch so far this season.

“It was a very good point for us and our confidence,” said the 28-year-old.

“We scored two goals, and I think it’s a great point for the team and the fans.”

Supporters again chanted against Pardew and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who was at the Liberty Stadium along with managing director Lee Charnley and Bob Moncur, the club’s Fairs Cup-winning captain.

And Gouffran says he understands their frustration given some of the performances they have witnessed over the past nine months.

“It was difficult as we lost games and we didn’t score,” said Gouffran, who himself has struggled for form this season.

“We didn’t play very well. We understand the fans – they were disappointed and a little bit angry.

“But we have to look forward and give 100 per cent for the club.

“We want to win and take points.”