Pardew sets sights on top 10

Alan Pardew believes Newcastle United are still capable of finishing in the top 10, despite a stuttering start to the Premier League season.

Last Updated: 02/10/13 at 10:35 Post Comment

Alan Pardew: Hopes Newcastle fans took some pride from second half at Everton

Alan Pardew: Hopes Newcastle fans took some pride from second half at Everton

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Newcastle picked up seven points from their opening four games, but successive 3-2 defeats by Hull City and Everton have seen Pardew's side drop to 16th in the table.

An abject first-half performance at Goodison Park on Monday night saw Everton take a 3-0 lead and has prompted reports that Pardew is already under pressure.

Pardew was unhappy with his team's defending against Everton and confirmed Mike Williamson has a chance to start Saturday's game away to promoted Cardiff.

"I think we still have a chance of the top 10," said Pardew.

"As a team we have shown inconsistencies, especially in our defending. Some of the goals we have conceded this year really are not good enough for us.

"The consistency of performance individually and as a unit - the back four - we will have to do some work and there will have to be some personnel changes in there.

"I thought Mike Williamson came on and we looked a lot stronger and he has given himself a great chance of featuring at Cardiff."

At 3-0 down, Newcastle's fans sang 'We want our money back' but Pardew hopes the second-half performance will have restored some faith.

"With the fans travelling all that way and seeing some of the defending in the first half I can understand it," he added.

"But I hope at the end they see they have something to cling on to in terms of the pride we showed in the shirt.

"It wasn't just about digging in and making some tackles, we showed some quality in the second half and that will serve us going forward."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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