Newcastle Utd boss to get ruthless for Cardiff City

KEY MAN ... Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, left, with manager Alan Pardew.
KEY MAN ... Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, left, with manager Alan Pardew.
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ALAN Pardew has vowed to get ruthless as he looks to get Newcastle United’s Premier League campaign back on track.

Pardew’s side take on Cardiff City on Saturday after back to back Premier League defeats.

A third successive loss would only increase the pressure on Pardew, who came under renewed fire from fans for Newcastle’s first-half performance in Monday’s 3-2 loss to Everton.

Pardew will make at least two changes for the club’s visit to the Cardiff City Stadium.

Defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is expected to drop down to the bench, with Mike Williamson set for his first league start of the season.

Midfielder Yohan Cabaye – who scored after coming on for the second half at Goodison Park – will return to the starting XI after fully recovering from the groin problem he suffered in last month’s home defeat to Hull City.

And left back Davide Santon is also under pressure from Paul Dummett after a dip in form.

“Fortunately, there are a few players who have played their way into the team in the second half,” Pardew said. “There’s no doubt about that.”

The odds on Pardew being the next top-flight manager to lose his job have been cut over the past 48 hours, with one bookmaker yesterday chalking him up as a 5/6 shot to be next to go.

Pardew, however, is refusing to be distracted by speculation over his future, and is only focused on Newcastle’s next game.

And he knows he has to get his team selection right against Cardiff, managed by his close friend Malky Mackay.

“We showed some pride, and that we’ve got good players at this club,” he said. “We have to make sure we put a team out that get us a result at Cardiff.”