NEWCASTLE United’s away fans need to be put out of their misery – and quickly.
That’s manager Alan Pardew’s message to his players ahead of tomorrow’s game a Carrow Road.
Newcastle’s away support are yet to see a victory on their travels this season – and they had an especially forgettable trip to the South Coast last weekend.
Almost 2,000 fans watched United lose 2-0 to Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup after making a 350-mile journey to the Amex Stadium.
But Pardew’s team, now embroiled in a relegation battle, will again be well supported at Norwich.
And Pardew – who will welcome back Fabricio Coloccini, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Demba Cisse and Jonas Gutierrez from injury – is hopeful Newcastle can end a run of three successive league defeats in Norfolk.
“It’s important for our fans, I think,” Pardew said.
“The team I put out last week, I wouldn’t really want to put out again, if I’m honest.
“The good news for our fans, especially our travelling fans, is that we look in better health.
“Cabaye will definitely be on the bench – I wouldn’t say he’s fit to start – Perchie (James Perch) is OK, Jonas has had a week’s training, and Papiss has trained. So’s Colo, we look a lot stronger.
“We need to repay these terrific supporters, and not lose the faith of the away fans.
“In my opinion, we’ve not done enough for them.”
Pardew is adamant his highly-paid players are acutely aware of the sacrifices the Newcastle’s supporters make on a weekly basis to support their club.
“I think there’s a misconception that players take fans for granted, and accept we’ve got great fans, and that they are always going to be there,” he said.
“They’re not unless we start putting in a few performances and get a few wins away from home between now and the end of the season.
“All the good faith we gained last year, we’re slowly eroding away.
“I know from my experience at West Ham and big clubs – and obviously this is a bigger club – that you can’t afford to do that.
“At some point, you need to kick into gear. Now we’ve got a few senior players back, we need to get some momentum. We need to get something at Norwich – that’s it, for me.”