ALAN Pardew admits Newcastle United are losing ground in the race to stay up.
The club is deep in relegation trouble with two Premier League games left to play.
Saturday’s goalless draw against West Ham United saw Newcastle climb above Sunderland – but the gap between them and third-bottom Wigan Athletic narrowed to just three points.
Roberto Martinez’s side beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 at The Hawthorns thanks to a late Callum McManaman goal, and they play their game in hand tomorrow night when they take on Swansea City at the DW Stadium.
Aston Villa also moved to 40 points after beating Norwich City 2-1 at Carrow road.
Unlike Newcastle, other relegation-threatened sides are winning, and Pardew’s team need a win – and quick.
Queens Park Rangers, already facing up to life in the Championship, are next up at Loftus Road on Sunday.
“We haven’t got a lot of time left, and Wigan’s result has put pressure on us all,” Pardew said.
“Not just us – all the teams above us.
“It looks like at QPR we’re going to have to try and win the game and see where that leaves us.
“But we wanted to try and get two wins.
“I thought we’d get a goal. We had two great chances. Shola (Ameobi) has shaded the post in the second half, and Gouff’s (Yoan Gouffran) just missed.
“If we’d got a goal, I think we could have seen it out.”
Meanwhile, West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald, who also spent time at St James’s Park during his playing career, has backed his old club to stay in the Premier League.
“I’ve said before, I think Newcastle have got enough to stay up,” said McDonald.
“Everyone’s slightly still under pressure with the result that Wigan have had, so everyone needs to do the best in the next game to try and get the points on the board so they can’t be caught.
“But personally, I think they’ll be OK.”