ALAN Pardew insists his positive approach is starting to pay dividends for Newcastle United.
And the Toon boss says he will always have a winning mentality while he is in charge of the Magpies – and will continue to approach each game believing they can pick up three points.
Having been beaten by Sunderland in the Wear-Tyne derby just over a fortnight ago, doom and gloom had set in over Tyneside with two tough fixtures against title challengers Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to come.
But while many pundits – and fans – wrote off Newcastle’s chances of getting anything from those games, Pardew insists he was always confident his side could get the victories they needed.
And having seen his side beat both high-fliers to go into the international break in buoyant mood, Pardew says his outlook has paid off.
“Anybody who knows me will know I always expect to win,” he said. “I’ve always been like that. I’m a positive guy.
“On reflection, when I look back and think ‘we’ve got six points’, I’m going to be very happy, because you wouldn’t expect to.”
The victory at White Hart Lane made it 10 points from their last five league games, with just the defeat to Sunderland spoiling United’s recent form.
In that spell, Pardew’s men also drew 2-2 with Liverpool, despite being down to 10 men for 50 minutes, while they took big-spending Manchester City to extra-time in the Capital One Cup before losing 2-0.
“I genuinely think we’ve been playing well,” added the Newcastle manager.
“I said that before the Chelsea game It’s been proved again.”
It leaves Newcastle nicely-placed in the standings, with winable games at home to Norwich City and West Brom to come after the international fortnight.
And Pardew wants his side to attack those games and push on towards a possible European spot.
“We find ourselves in a brilliant position with two home games coming up,” he said. “We can kick on from here.”
After the home games against two sides managed by former Newcastle coaches – Chris Hughton at Norwich and Steve Clarke at West Brom – the Magpies have an attractive run of fixtures up to Christmas.
They are due to face only one of the big boys – Manchester United – with clashes against the likes of Crystal Palace and Swansea also on the horizon.
“We have two home games, and then a good run of games to come,” added Pardew.
“We have put ourselves in a good position and now we need to build on it.”
– ROSS GREGORY