NEWCASTLE United must “kick on” in the Premier League – and put more distance between themselves and the drop zone.
That’s the verdict of manager Alan Pardew, who has admitted the table still “doesn’t reflect well” the club.
Pardew’s side ended a run of four successive domestic defeats with a convincing 3-0 win over Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night.
The result moved the 14th-placed club five points clear of the relegation zone.
However, Pardew – whose side face Bordeaux in the Europa League tomorrow night – won’t be satisfied until his team is again challenging in the top half of the league.
“Four defeats for this club is difficult to take for our fans – they live and breathe this football club,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“I’m absolutely delighted for them, and hopefully we can now kick on the Premier League.
“It was very important that they backed us. So far in the Europa League we’ve done well, but the league doesn’t reflect well on us at the minute.”
Newcastle haven’t just taken a battering on the pitch in recent weeks, Pardew and his injury-hit team have also had a bruising time off the field.
They were booed off the field by some supporters after home defeats to Swansea City and West Ham United.
Fans have also been critical of the lack of investment in the squad in the summer after a fifth-placed finish in the league, while the club’s fortunes have come under close scrutiny in the media.
“The criticism is always from the same people – the same few,” added Pardew.
“I think our fans understand we’re a hard-working team. We did a fantastic job last year. This year, we’re having things go against us.
“Therefore, we have to stick together. The majority of our fans understand that.
“It’s just a shame that some of things that have been said in the last two weeks have been poor.”