Newcastle must keep eye on battle below, warns Alan Pardew

NO PARTY ... Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew.
NO PARTY ... Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew.

ALAN Pardew has warned that Newcastle United can’t afford to take their eye off the ball.

United are perched just above the relegation battle with 17 points – one more than they had at the 16-game stage when they were relegated in 2009.

And with the Magpies facing tough home games against Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers in the next week or so, Pardew is well aware of how close hi side are to the scrap below them.

He said: “We have to keep an eye on where we are. It is difficult to get points at the minute.

“We’re a side that on its day can beat anybody.”

United have won just once in their last 10 league games – against Wigan Athletic – but Pardew believes things are looking up for his team.

Pardew feels his team are showing some signs of recovery despite the win over Wigan Athletic proving to be the only triumph in the last 10 matches.

“We look more like a team,” he said. “In the last three games the level has improved.

“But unfortunately we need to get results.”

Meanwhile, Pardew has been linked with a move for Blackpool’s Thomas Ince in the January transfer window.

But it appears a defender and a striker are top of United’s wish list for January.