No half measures for Newcastle Utd against Cardiff City

Newcastle's manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle's manager Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew says half measures won’t be enough for Newcastle United against Cardiff City.

Pardew’s side have struggled to perform well for more than 45 minutes in the Premier League this season.

Newcastle went into the break at Goodison Park on Monday night trailing Everton by three goals after a dreadful first-half performance.

United fought back in the second half – and scored two goals – but the damage had been done.

The team’s only convincing 90-minute league performance came against Aston Villa last month when an unstoppable Hatem Ben Arfa – who was anonymous at Goodison Park – was orchestrated a 2-1 win.

“I don’t want to earn money in terms of that scoreline (at Everton) – that’s not what it is about,” Pardew said.

“It’s about 90 minutes of a consistent performance.

“That’s what this team needs to bring to the party, like we did at Aston Villa and like we did at home to Fulham (a 1-0 win).”

Pardew was looked for a show of character in the second half at Goodison Park.

“That’s what they had to do – there was no other way out of it,” he said.

“Not only that, but play. We got the right combination in the second half.”