Pardew: Key time for Newcastle

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits his side faces a crucial period which could define their season.

Last Updated: 10/12/12 at 19:25 Post Comment

Alan Pardew: Concerned by absentees

Alan Pardew: Concerned by absentees

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Newcastle travel to Fulham on Monday night before a difficult run of fixtures, which includes Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal before the end of the year.

The absence of Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor through injury and the imminent departure of Cheick Tiote to the Africa Cup of Nation, will test the Newcastle squad, who have lost four of their last five Premier League clashes.

And Pardew admits their next five games before the beginning of January could decide whether they challenge for a top-six finish this season or languish in the lower echelons of the league.

Pardew said: "This is a critical period, from now until January. I do feel after January this team is definitely going to be stronger.

"But we are going to lose Cheick, we have obviously lost Cabaye, we have lost Steven Taylor and we have got some big teams coming, big clubs, bigger clubs than us - and there aren't many that are bigger than us.

"It will be a real test in the next two months. We have got to really nail ourselves down and get as many points as we can and see where we are.

"We are not actually too far away from that fifth, sixth place - probably the same as we are from the relegation zone.

"That's where our season is right now."

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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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