ALAN Pardew is adamant Newcastle United can unlock Everton and take something from Goodison Park – if his team can keep the back door bolted shut.
Defensive lapses cost Pardew’s side last weekend, when they were beaten 3-2 by Hull City.
And the two goals scored by Loic Remy – who will return at Goodison Park on Monday night after being rested against Leeds – didn’t yield a single point.
Remy and Hatem Ben Arfa starred in United’s last away game, the 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
Pardew feels his team is capable of winning more games on the road – if the team can be stronger without the ball.
“What it does look like in our team is that we’ve got goals,” Pardew said.
“For the first time for a long time, that bodes well.
“But we have to lock the back door. We didn’t do that against Hull, and that’s the consistency we need.
“On transition we need to be stronger, and Cheik (Tiote) has made a big difference.”
“We looked much more solid (against Leeds), but we must take that forward.”
Remy, signed on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, has scored two goals and created two more in his three appearances for Newcastle since returning to fitness.
And Pardew feels his form up front has lifted the dressing room ahead of an important run of games.
“It’s obvious we needed that,” said Pardew, who could also welcome back Shola Ameobi and Jonas Gutierrez from injury against Everton.
“I think his performance was important for the group. They needed to see that he is a player that’s going to score goals.
“He was very unlucky not to get a hat-trick (against Hull).”