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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew breathed a sigh of relief after his side finally ensured Premier League safety with a 2-1 victory over QPR at Loftus Road.

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The Magpies fell behind to a debatable 11th-minute Loic Remy penalty but replied through Hatem Ben Arfa's spot-kick and Yoan Gouffran's strike after a defensive mix-up by Rangers.

"I'm very pleased. It was a very important game for this football club. Particularly this year with the extra finance of staying in the Premier League," Pardew said.

"I thought the first 10 minutes we were almost playing with a noose around our neck we were so tense and tight and it took a decision by the referee.

"I don't really care if Arsenal win 4-0 [next weekend], If I'm honest, I'm sure Spurs will - but I only care that our fans enjoy themselves."

Pardew once again hit out at suggestions over the last month that his squad had been divided within the dressing room and was pleased with the spirit shown by his players against QPR.

"The accusations have been so ridiculous," he added.

"You don't get a draw at West Brom and West Ham and a win here today if you've got rifts going on.

"Their penalty looked a bit dubious to me and I thought ours looked dubious but once that went in I thought we settled down on a difficult pitch and played quite well.

"But we showed a real determination and resilience today to get the job done, for not just this club but for the north east.

"It's massive for north-east football that we are a Premier League club so I'm absolutely delighted for our fans and players."

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