Pardew hopes to strengthen squad in January

TOUGH TIME ... Alan Pardew.
TOUGH TIME ... Alan Pardew.

ALAN Pardew’s braced for a tough six weeks until the January transfer window opens.

Newcastle United suffered a second successive home defeat on Saturday.

The 2-1 loss to Swansea City dropped the club into the bottom half of the Premier League.

And Pardew – whose squad has been decimated by injuries and suspensions – is hopeful of strengthening in the New Year.

Until then, Pardew – who faces being without midfielder Yohan Cabaye for six weeks – must coax his players through a gruelling series of domestic and European fixtures.

Next up for United are Maritimo at St James’s Park on Thursday night in the Europa League.

“There’s nothing I can do until January,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“We have to get on with it. Since I have been here, it’s our first time we’ve had a difficult spell, so we have to keep our heads.

“Apart from Sunderland away, I haven’t had a full squad to pick from.”

Pardew – who named Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi in his starting XI against Swansea – felt the “experience” in Michael Laudrup’s side made a difference.

Second-half goals from Michu and Jonathan de Guzman gave the visitors a two-goal lead.

Demba Ba – who had gone close with a header in the first half – netted in injury time.

“We had a very young bench,” added Pardew. “You look around, and those boys should be playing in the reserves and gaining experience. But we’re asking them to do a job.

“It’s another defeat, and we have to accept we must dig our way out of it. We need more senior players available.

“That was a good Swansea side with good experience in it.

“They had a bit more about experience than us at certain times in the game.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this evening in the Professional Development League (7pm kick-off).