Pardew confident of avoiding drop

Alan Pardew has no doubt his Newcastle side will avoid relegation despite seeing them lose 1-0 at Swansea.

Last Updated: 03/03/13 at 13:46 Post Comment

Alan Pardew: Has no concerns over PL survival

Alan Pardew: Has no concerns over PL survival

The Magpies have been rejuvenated in recent weeks, winning three of their previous four league games before Saturday to ease fears the club could lose their Barclays Premier League status.

However, ,a href=http://www.sportinglife.com/football/live/match-report/261838/swansea-1-newcastle-0>defeat at the Liberty Stadium, courtesy of a scrambled late goal from Swansea substitute Luke Moore, means they are just six points clear of the drop zone with 10 games to play.

But there were plenty of positives for Pardew to take from the performance in south Wales, with his side unfortunate not to pick up a valuable point.

After a sluggish start, Newcastle slowly took a hold on the game and had the better of the second half with Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse all spurning good opportunities.

And Pardew has every confidence he can now look at the sides ahead of them in the table - as opposed to those below them.

When asked if he had any concerns about his side's position in the table, he said: "None at all.

"I don't worry about this team. It is strong and it is just disappointing when you don't get anything and that is what our overriding emotion will be after this game.

"But we are a strong side, you can see that. To come here and play as well as we did and boss Swansea in the second half, not many teams can do that.

"They are a good team and you don't win the League Cup and have the season they are having without being a good side.

"They have great individual players, they are a good unit and a well educated side and we did really well against them and it is galling we did not get anything."

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