ALAN Pardew’s admitted the solution to Newcastle United’s problems can only come from within the four walls of the dressing room.
Pardew’s injury-hit side take on Wigan Athletic tonight needing a win to steer away from the Premier League’s relegation zone.
And only fit-again striker Shola Ameobi is expected to be added to the squad.
The club’s injury list is almost in double figures, and utility player James Perch is suspended for the game, which follows Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat at Stoke City.
Newcastle’s performance at the Britannia Stadium, however, was markedly better than that at Southampton, where they were beaten 2-0.
With the next transfer window still a month away, Pardew must somehow turn the club’s fortunes around with a depleted squad.
“We can’t afford to get any help – we’ve got to help ourselves,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“We helped ourselves at Stoke with a more energised and disciplined performance.
“People were doing their jobs, rather than their jobs and somebody else’s, because that doesn’t work in the Premier League. You do your job. We almost got a great result.”
Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Steven Taylor (hamstring) were recently ruled out until February, while Shola Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa and Gabriel Obertan have also been missing.
“Without harping on, we have a treatment room full of great players,” added Pardew.
“There’s not a lot of change that can be made to the team – we’re going from week to week. We really need support (from fans), and I’m sure they’ll give it to us.”
There were boos as Newcastle left the field after the home defeats to West Ham and Swansea City, yet Pardew’s players were applauded off the field at the Britannia Stadium, where they led through Papiss Demba Cisse’s goal.
“I felt that they got a lucky break for their first goal, and then it changed, which was unfortunate for us,” said Pardew.
“You couldn’t fault the players’ efforts, and the fans at the end were magnificent. They clapped us off after a fourth defeat, and I can’t imagine many fans would do that.
“That buoyed us as well. We know we aren’t far away from a win, but we must, must maintain the energy and spirit we put into that game.
“It was emphasised when we scored and everyone celebrated, which wasn’t something we’d talked about.
“It was a natural reaction from the players because we really do want to get this run over with.”