Pardew admits fan ‘tension’ at Newcastle won’t go away

PRESSURE ... Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.

PRESSURE ... Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.

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ALAN Pardew says his Newcastle United team couldn’t have given him any more at the Liberty Stadium.

Newcastle remain winless in the Premier League after Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Swansea City.

Newcastle United's Papiss Demba Cisse acknowledges the fans after the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 4, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Swansea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Newcastle United's Papiss Demba Cisse acknowledges the fans after the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 4, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Swansea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

And United manager Pardew remains under pressure from fans – and owner Mike Ashley, who was in South Wales to see the team twice come from behind thanks to two goals from Papiss Demba Cisse, pictured.

However, the 53-year-old’s job is not under any immediate threat, despite a dismal calendar year, so far, on the pitch.

While Pardew conceded that his side is struggling on the pitch – Newcastle have taken just four points from their opening seven Premier League games – he felt the players showed “character” against Swansea.

“We showed so much character, and were determined to try to win,” said Pardew.

“One thing you have to analyse as a football manager is – is the team giving you everything?

“I don’t think our worst critic could argue they didn’t give me everything. We wanted to push for the win, and had the chance to do that at 2-2.

“It’s obvious we’re not playing the way that I would like. We’re a little bit tight in the way we’re playing.

“For now, we have to grind ourselves a win and then the confidence will come back.

“We’ll take a lot of confidence (from the game).

“I thank our fans who supported us brilliantly at the end. I’m pleased we got them the point, if not the win.”

United take on newly-promoted Leicester City at St James’s Park on October 18.

Supporters turned on Pardew during the club’s last home fixture, the 2-2 draw against Hull City.

And Pardew has conceded that the simmering “tension in the stands”, which has boiled over on a number of occasions this season, isn’t going to go away any time soon.

“My attention now turns to the next game,” he said.

“Hopefully, I can now look forward to that game – and a win.

“We know that the tension in the stands and the stadium isn’t going to go away. In the short-term, we must focus on a performance, and we’ve got a bit to lean on after this.

“We can take the positives in to the next game, where a win would settle everyone down.”

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