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Pardew refuses to point finger

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insists he wants to guide the club to safety before he discusses the reasons for their dismal season.

Last Updated: 04/05/13 at 14:48 Post Comment

Alan Pardew: Refusing to point the finger of blame

Alan Pardew: Refusing to point the finger of blame

The Magpies have slipped into a precarious position in the Premier League, just five points above the drop-zone with two more games after Saturday's trip to West Ham.

This season has been bitterly disappointing in comparison to the previous campaign when Newcastle qualified for Europe with fifth place in the table.

The club have been forced to dismiss claims of dressing room unrest with results placing further pressure on Pardew, but he will not attribute blame until the fight for survival is over.

"There's no point having an inquest at the moment because it's no good to anybody," said Pardew.

"The most important thing is getting ourselves safety in the Premier League, and that's what we will try to do.

"It's about all of us being brave now, being brave in the tackle but being brave on the ball more importantly, passing the ball well and having an energy about us.

"We need to bring energy to that West Ham pitch and a discipline that perhaps was missing against Liverpool."

Pardew has urged his players to take a big step towards safety with a win at Upton Park.

"It's a big, big club and we don't want to be playing, with all due respect to the Championship, in the Championship," he said.

"Hopefully we get the result we need or two results or three, whatever it is.

"It is in our hands. We have a five-point cushion, although Wigan have a game in hand, and that's a significant cushion at this stage.

"We need to increase it and if we increase it, it will be very difficult for Wigan to catch us."

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