Ructions after Stoke City defeat show Newcastle Utd players DO care

Stoke City's Peter Crouch (left) and Newcastle United's Mike Williamson battle for the ball
Stoke City's Peter Crouch (left) and Newcastle United's Mike Williamson battle for the ball

ALAN Pardew says the dressing-room ructions after Newcastle United’s fourth successive defeat showed the players DO care about the club’s plight.

But Pardew admits he fans will only be convinced once they see an improvement on the pitch.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini led a post-game inquest into injury-hit Newcastle’s poor form at the Britannia Stadium after the club’s 1-0 Premier League defeat to Stoke City.

Coloccini talked of the need to “respect” United’s shirt after the match, which saw chants for Newcastle manager Pardew to be sacked.

And Pardew - whose side take on Swansea City at St James’s Park tomorrow - believes the reaction of Coloccini and his team-mates to the loss was telling.

“You’d be disappointed if you didn’t have some noises coming out of our dressing room,” Pardew said.

“If we all sat around saying ‘OK, we’ve lost again - it doesn’t matter, we’re ninth’ there would be something wrong.

“There’s enough come out this week to show we passionately care.

“At the end of the day we’ve still got to produce a performance and get a win, or certainly not a defeat.

“We don’t want to lose a fifth on the trot. That would be tough for any manager at any football club, let alone Newcastle.”

Coloccini and Pardew reminded United’s players of their “responsibilities” after the Stoke match, which followed heavy defeats to Manchester United, Southampton and Everton.

“Colo’s my captain,” said Pardew, whose side are ninth in the table with four games left to play.

“We both care deeply about the club. To see our fans as upset as they were, and as angry they have been this week, is not something that we like.

“We have to make it clear to all the group here the responsibility we hold in taking this club forward.”

“We have to respond in the right manner against Swansea.”

l ALAN Pardew hopes to welcome back Newcastle United two standout performers for tomorrow’s home game against Swansea City.

Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy have recovered from the injuries which have seen them miss the club’s last six games.

But United manager Pardew is refusing to reveal whether the France internationals will be involved at St James’s Park.

“They’re training – that’s all I’m going to say,” Pardew said.

Forward Remy and defender Debuchy, mindful of the summer’s World Cup in Brazil, have not wanted to return prematurely.

But Pardew said: “With the World Cup not far around the corner, it’s important that they get the time in now.”

Asked about their contributions this season, he went on: “They’re both equal – Remy for his goals, and also Debuchy for his quality, his experience and his leadership.

“We’ve missed him. It’ll be nice to have them back.”