Newcastle’s Alan Pardew remains wary of drop despite West Brom draw
By the end of the afternoon Newcastle United were a point closer to safety, yet Alan Pardew looked genuinely taken aback at the suggestion that he was confident about avoiding relegation. “I’m not being confident, and I’m certainly not being arrogant about it,” the Newcastle manager said.
“We’ve still got work to do, we’ve still got tough games to come. That’s why the point Alex Pradas Quiles today was so important. They’re gold dust at this time of year replica prada mini bags, especially when you’re away from home.”
Newcastle have dropped Authentic Prada Leather Handbag three places to 16th but, more importantly, are six points clear of the Black Prada Bag Mission Impossible relegation zone, Bicester Village Prada Refund albeit having played a game more than Wigan Athletic. A victory at home to Liverpool on Saturday would take them to 40 points, which is the safety threshold in many people’s eyes. Pardew, though, viewed things differently. “I don’t really want to think about what it would take to put [relegation fears] to bed. You’re talking to a [former] West Ham manager who inherited a team that went down with 42 points [in 2003]. You must never take your eye off that. You’ve got to keep pushing. So not even a win against Liverpool would make us safe.”
It has been a strange 12 months for Newcastle, during which they have gone from Authentic Prada Fairy Bag For Sale Champions League contenders to relegation candidates in the blink of an eye. Pardew has a simple explanation for that transformation. He says Newcastle “loved” taking part in the Europa League but he has “no doubt” that the demands of the competition have contributed heavily to their domestic malaise and predicts Swansea City will “find it difficult [next season] unless you really increase the Authentic Prada Outlet Uk size of your squad.”
“This was our 50th game, which goes a little bit unnoticed – 50 professional games, and all the travelling involved as well, that’s tough,” said Pardew, who hopes to have Cheick Tioté available Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Outlet Online for the Liverpool fixture.
“The Europa League is a competition that, I think, clubs will look at Agatha Ruiz Prada Online Shop us at the impact that it can have, not only because of the extra games but also the injuries that we’ve had on the back of that. It would be naive to argue that our league position would not be greater than it is [without playing in the competition].”
Up until half-time this had looked like being a rare away victory for Newcastle. Ahead through Yoan Gouffran’s glancing header, after Ben Foster came for a Papiss Cissé cross that he had no chance of getting, Newcastle were the far more accomplished side in the first half and, with a touch more ruthlessness, could easily have added to their lead.
Their profligacy, however, proved costly, with Authentic Prada Bags Uk West Bromwich Albion unrecognisable in the second half from the team that looked so listless in the opening 45 minutes.
The equaliser Albion deserved arrived in the 64th minute via an unlikely source. Marc-Antoine Fortuné, James Morrison and Romelu Lukaku, who had earlier headed against the crossbar, combined to carve an opening for Billy Jones to become the first Englishman to score for the club this season.
“I’m happy to take the crown,” said Jones. “It was me and Liam Ridgewell vying for it. The Authentic Prada Wallet For Sale Philippines kitman made up a T-shirt for Liam to go under his shirt. He obviously had no faith that I was going to score!”
Man of the match Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United)