Pardew questions Newcastle's strength away from home after Fulham defeat

Despite a slightly improved performance on the road, the Magpies suffered another away loss against Martin Jol's impressive side, leaving them four points off the relegation zone
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has bemoaned his side's lack of resilience away from home as the Magpies slumped to another defeat against Fulham.

Last year's fifth-place finishers have gone seven months without a win away from St James' Park in the Premier League. Pardew insists that his side's performances are getting better, but remains concerned about the lack of results they are picking up.

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"I'm worried in that we're not picking up enough points, and although the performances are much improved, we haven't got enough points on the board," Pardew told reporters.

"We can't concede soft goals at this level. To win we had to score three goals at Fulham, and it's very difficult to do that.

"Our attacking play was much improved, but we've got no points to show for it.

"We need to get back that resilience we had last year away from home. I think that's missing."

Newcastle skipper Fabricio Collocini had a header cleared off the line as well as striking the bar with a sensational curling attempt and Pardew believed his team deserved a point from the game.

He continued: "The first 20 minutes caught us out a little bit. Hatem [Ben Arfa] struggled with the pace of coming back into the team, but just before the end of the half we started coming back into the game.

"At the start of the second half we had the game by the scruff of the neck, but the goal we gave away was a soft one. We gave away a cheap free-kick and then didn't defend the situation well at all. We've come out losing a game we should have got something out of.

"We've got a tough run of games, and we've put ourselves under pressure. But we can't turn back the clock, that's where it is."