Newcastle getting desperate for victories

TEAM CHALLENGE ... Alan Pardew.
TEAM CHALLENGE ... Alan Pardew.

ALAN Pardew’s admitted Newcastle United need wins on the board – and fast.

The Magpies, who lost 2-1 at Fulham last night, faces an unenviable run of festive fixtures.

Newcastle are just four points above the Premier League’s relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s home game against Manchester City.

And the club’s next two away games are at Manchester United and Arsenal.

Pardew’s side have lost five of their last seven domestic matches, many against teams around them in the table.

That poor run has left United in desperate need of points from the likes of Premier League champions City.

“We know the games coming up,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“But this (Craven Cottage) is a difficult place to come. I think we’ve won once in six years.

“It’s no tougher than Man City at home – you can’t look at them any differently.

“We can still get results in those games – we’re going to have to.”

Steve Sidwell opened the scoring at Craven Cottage with a 19th-minute goal.

Newcastle, on the back foot for the first half-hour, improved late in the half, and Hatem Ben Arfa scored a stunning goal after the break.

Demba Ba and Fabricio Coloccini went close in the second half, but Hugo Rodallega claimed all three points for Fulham with a headed goal.

“I just thought after 20 minutes we were the better side, but we lost, and I can’t get away from that,” added Pardew.

“We’ve lost a game. It’s no good having great performances at Stoke and here, but not getting anything out of it.

“We’ve got to get something out of it. We’ve got to be more diligent in that final third.”