Pardew: Consistency crucial

Alan Pardew is hoping Newcastle's recent Premier League resurgence will help keep his biggest players at the club and attract new signings in January.

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Alan Pardew: Proved right by team's recent eye-catching form

Alan Pardew: Proved right by team's recent eye-catching form

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Back-to-back league victories over Chelsea and Tottenham have given the Magpies' season a markedly different complexion and have gone some way towards proving Pardew's assertion that his strongest XI is more than capable of competing with the leading teams.

The 52-year-old has spent virtually every transfer window since his arrival on Tyneside in December 2010 praying the club could hang on to its biggest names.

The club rejected an Arsenal offer for France midfielder Yohan Cabaye in August and the rich form of Hatem Ben Arfa and Tim Krul could have the richer European clubs circling St James' Park in the new year.

The Gunners did not come close to meeting their valuation of Cabaye, and Pardew firmly believes the France playmaker's form for both club and country since - he starred in their 3-0 World Cup play-off victory over Ukraine in midweek - justified their stance.

He said: "Yohan's performance this week has validated what we did in the summer in not letting him go.

"I went to see Portugal and one or two of their players went for big, big money and I don't think they are as good as Yohan.

"Yohan proved that on Tuesday night - 'Le Petit Prince', he was called the next day in L'Equipe, and that's what he was. He's a fantastic player.

"It's important that we keep our results strong for keeping our players in January, but also to attract maybe one or two new ones."

Newcastle headed into the international break sitting in ninth place in the table following a battling 1-0 victory at Spurs in which keeper Krul was outstanding.

They are only three points adrift of the top six and, with no European football to stretch their relatively meagre resources this season, are hopeful of making a much better fist of things than they did last term, when relegation became a distinct possibility.

However, Pardew knows they have to maintain momentum, starting against Norwich on Saturday.

He said: "There have been many times, even before I was manager here, when this club has shot itself in the foot when it gets in a great position, and it's very important that we show the consistency on Saturday for our fans and bring a performance here that backs up Chelsea and Spurs, very important.

"We have got ourselves in a poised position, and now we need to capitalise on that, something we have not done well in the last 18 months.

"Go back two years, and we were capitalising on these positions, and that's what this team needs to bring home, that if we win, we can put ourselves right in the mix, and that's what we need to do."

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