Pardew calls on Newcastle to fight for their Premier League survival

The Magpies boss has urged his players to bounce back from their “unacceptable” 6-0 defeat against Liverpool on Saturday and battle to retain their top-flight status
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has called on his players to stick together and bounce back from their “unacceptable” defeat against Liverpool.

The Magpies 6-0 humbling against the Anfield outfit, coupled with Aston Villa's mauling of Sunderland, has seen the Toon drop to 17th place in the table - just one position above the drop.

While Pardew is disappointed with recent results, he believes his squad have enough character and belief to avoid relegation and has challenged his players to prove it on the pitch.

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"We have had a really, really poor month in terms of results," Pardew told the Chronicle. "Now we have to stick together and get through it.

"As I've said before, words don't win games. They are not important any more.

"The performance we put in was unacceptable. It wasn't good enough for us. We are aware of that and we need to put it right.

"Even after [Europa League quarter-final exit against] Benfica, a few of the players perhaps thought after that game, we would be all right.

"But we have got one point from three league games, and that's not good enough for this football club.

"Now we are in a dogfight - and we have got to fight. We have got enough character and belief in that dressing room to get through it. We have got to show that now."

Newcastle have taken one point from their last three league matches and travel to face mid-table West Ham on Saturday, while a tricky tie against top four-chasing Arsenal awaits on the final day of the season.