ALAN Pardew admits the past week at Newcastle United has been “hard to take” - on and off the pitch.
United supporters saw their team - without unsettled midfielder Yohan Cabaye - convincingly beaten 4-0 by Manchester City.
And the result - and performance - at the Etihad Stadium deepened the gloom on Tyneside, where there is increasing anger at the club’s lack of summer signings.
Newcastle anager Pardew has also come under renewed fire ahead of this afternoon’s home game against West Ham United.
With Cabaye’s days at St James’s Park looking numbered - and no guarantee of any more arrivals before the closing of the transfer window - Pardew insists he understands their frustrations.
“I think our fans have had a really tough week with the Cabaye situation and the result on Monday,” Pardew told SportMail. “There was a sending off and an injury.
“It was hard to take, but more so than every we’re going to need their help.
“I sympathise with them. It’s been a tough week for me as a manager.
“We’re used to having tough weeks, and used to having tough situations at this club. It’s that kind of club.
“But we’ll still have 50,000 in there on Saturday afternoon against a West Ham side who will make it difficult for us to play and don’t let you play any kind of attractive football if they can help it.
“They’re good stoppers. Therefore we need to get ourselves a result in any way it comes.”
The West Ham game will be the 100th Premier League fixture Pardew has presided over as manager.
And if his side are to get a result, then striker Papiss Demba Cisse - who cut an isolated figure at the Etihad Stadium - will need better service.
“You have to understand this is my 100th Premier League game as Newcastle manager,” said Pardew. “That’s without other Premier League games.
“I don’t think I’ve had more than two or three occasions when the opposition’s been as strong as that.
“I have to say, for 45 minutes until Steven (Taylor) got sent off, I thought we did pretty well. You could argue that any team was going to struggle on that night unless they were one of the big clubs.
“Man City have got to come here. Different scenario. It might look completely different.
“The service to Papiss was limited. Hopefully, he’ll have a lot more service this Saturday.
“Monday wasn’t the best, but you have to take into account the issues we had in the game.
“I think that’s only fair, and give benefit of the doubt to the team that plays on Saturday.”