Alan Pardew hits out at rubbish Newcastle United stories after win at QPR

VITAL WIN:  Hatem Ben Arfa on target at Loftus Road
VITAL WIN: Hatem Ben Arfa on target at Loftus Road

ALAN Pardew has blasted “rubbish” stories in the media about his Newcastle United camp.

Pardew has had to contend with speculation over dressing-room unrest over the past fortnight.

And he again hit out at reports of splits behind the scenes after the QPR game, which saw United come from behind and win thanks to first-half goals from Yoan Gouffran and Hatem Ben Arfa.

“We’ve had to put up with some absolute rubbish,” said Pardew.

“You can’t get draws at teams like West Brom and West Ham, and a win in London against QPR, with that sort of thing going on. It’s rubbish - it’s an absolute disgrace.”

Pardew’s players were unable to go to the 1,600 travelling fans in the upper tier of the School End at Loftus Road because of a pitch invasion from home supporters.

It was only Newcastle’s second Premier League away win, and Pardew admits the club’s record on its travels this season has been woeful.

“It looked a bit dangerous for the players, I thought,” said Pardew. “It would have been nice to give them applause - they’ve been brilliant for us all year.

“They’ve only seen us win twice, and that’s not good enough I’ll tell you that as the manager.”

The result moved United up to 13th place in the table, level on points with 11th-placed Stoke City.