Newcastle Utd’s defeat must be put right on pitch

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew in the stands at, Southampton

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew in the stands at, Southampton

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ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United’s dismal defeat to Southampton must be put right on the pitch - despite calls for fans to be reimbursed in their pockets.

Norwich City’s players refunded the ticket money paid by the 889 Canaries fans who saw Chris Hughton’s team beaten 3-0 by Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium last weekend.

Newcastle lost 4-0 at the St Mary’s Stadium that afternoon, and there have been calls for a similar gesture from Pardew’s players given that the club’s fans had a longer journey, and endured a heavier defeat, than their counterparts from Norwich.

Asked if his players might consider doing the same, United manager Pardew said: “I’ve been in many games where you have long, long trips and had very, very difficult afternoons.

“As far as I’m concerned, our fans are the best in the world, and to give them that performance wasn’t acceptable. We aim to put it right on the pitch.

“I’m just urging my players to put in a better performance than they did on Saturday (against Manchester United at St James’s Park), that’s the most important thing to me.”

Newcastle were backed by 2,187 supporters on the south coast, where adult tickets cost £37.