ALAN Pardew has warned his buoyant Newcastle United side not to waste the opportunity in front of them.
United beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 yesterday to move up to ninth in the Premier League.
Newcastle are just three points behind fifth-placed Manchester United ahead of a home double header against Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion.
With his team in striking distance of the European places, Pardew is anxious that his players build on back to back wins over Tottenham and Chelsea.
“I’m the manager of the football team, and I need to get performances that are worthy of our fans,” said Pardew.
“We have the best fans in the world. They set off at 6.30am, and it was a tough old day for them.
“We now have two home games, and we can look forward to them.”
Remy struck early against Spurs, the forward running on to a pass from Yoan Gouffran and rounding home goalkeeper Brad Friedel to score his seventh goal of the season.
The on-loan player had earlier been thwarted by defender Vlad Chiriches
“Loic’s in red-hot form,” said Pardew. “I thought he’d score the first one. You just don’t expect him to miss.
“For the second one he was calm and went round the goalie. He gave us a platform to win the game.”
United’s second-half resilience in the face of a Tottenham onslaught was typified by Tim Krul’s performance in goal.
Time and again the goalkeeper denied Spurs an equaliser.
“I thought in the first half, for an away team, we deserved the lead,” said Pardew.
“We hit them on the break. We had a few chances. I don’t think they caused us real anxiety, (apart from) a few shots from the outside of the box.
“The second half was different. We got a little bit too deep, and they turned up the heat.
“They passed it very, very well, and we had to ride our luck a little bit thanks to a fantastic goalie and two centre halves who are bang in form.
“We ended up getting a clean sheet, which is a marvellous, marvellous result.”
NEWCASTLE United defender Mathieu Debuchy will have to sit out the home game against Norwich City on November 23.
Debuchy was shown his fifth yellow card of the season yesterday for a foul on Paulinho in the club’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
And the right back will now serve a one-game suspension for the visit of Chris Hughton’s side to St James’s Park.