ALAN Pardew says there’s “no hiding place” from Newcastle United’s predicament - and he admits he and his players are feeling the pressure.
Pardew take on Liverpool at St James’s Park tomorrow evening knowing a win could secure the club’s Premier League status with three games left to spare.
It is United’s first home game since the Sunderland defeat earlier this month.
That result - the club’s heaviest Tyne-Wear derby defeat for 34 years - led to calls from some frustrated supporters for Pardew to be dismissed.
The pressure on him - and his players - is intense ahead, and Pardew - last season’s Premier League Manager of the Season - is finding out as much about the character of his players as their footballing ability as the club battles the threat of relegation.
“They feel a bit of pressure,” Pardew said. “It comes from having a very successful last season, and having a season at the moment that is far from that.
“That’s the reality - there’s no hiding place from that. This is where you find out the character within in the group.
“From what I’ve seen on the training ground this week, there’s a good sense we will be able to prove that with a good performance and three points.”
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