ALAN Pardew’s pleaded with Newcastle United’s to “keep the faith” after the club’s season unravelled further at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton and Hove Abion knocked Pardew’s side out of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Goals from Andrea Orlandi and Will Hoskins gave Gus Poyet’s team a deserved 2-0 win on the South Coast.
And Pardew’s beleaguered players must now turn their attention back to the club’s battle against relegation from the Premier League.
However, what happens off the pitch this month will have a huge bearing on United’s fate on the field, with the result having again underlined the need for signings in the transfer window.
A delegation was in France over the weekend working on several deals, with Olympic Marseille striker Loic Remy one target for Newcastle.
“It is pretty obvious we need players in,” Pardew told SportMail.
The players were applauded off the field at the Amex Stadium by the travelling fans despite the abject performance witnessed by the 2,000-strong support.
And Pardew – who hopes to welcome back several key players from injury over the coming weeks – is acutely aware that they had every right to turn on the team.
“The message from myself is to keep the faith with the team that we know we’ve got,” he added.
“When we play the young players, they stay with us. It’s difficult, but they need to stay with us now.
“What they want to see is better players in a black and white jersey – there’s no doubt about that.
“All I can say to them is my staff, and my medical staff in particular, are working every minute of the day to get them back.
“They’ve been brilliant. It’s difficult for us. It’s difficult for the staff and the players.
“We know that we’re in a difficult situation – we’re not going to hide from that. We need our best players back on the field, and we need to recruit one or two more as well.
“I think that was evident at Brighton.”