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The Toon boss assures supporters that he has faith in his own abilities and admits that he has been taken by surprise by how poorly his side have performed this season

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew remains adamant that his side will stay up and has assured supporters that he does not doubt his ability as a manager.

The Magpies sit just three points above the drop with two matches remaining; away at QPR followed by a visit from Champions League hopefuls Arsenal.

Pardew believes that his team can get a result from both of those games, with the Rs already relegated and the Gunners having to visit St James' Park, which he expects will be enough to avoid relegation.

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"The confidence I have got is the team will stay up," he told the press.

"They have had to work hard and force games and we have to do that at QPR. Get ourselves a win. Get ourselves a result any shape it comes in and I think against Arsenal, a home game, I think we have got a chance of a result."

"We'll definitely be going to QPR to win. It's a strange scenario, the whole bottom of the league. You can talk about Southampton and Sunderland, Norwich have got a massive game as well. It's a very remarkable way it is going to end but, for us, we don't want it to go to the last game. That's why we want to win.

"I have never doubted myself. I don't think, as a manager, you can ever do that. I don't doubt my ability as a manager or as a coach."

Newcastle enjoyed an excellent season last year, almost snatching a Champions League spot as they finished in fifth place ahead of Chelsea, but Pardew believes that so much past success has left his side unaccustomed to adversity.

"You learn in adversity as much as you learn in victory, sometimes more, and this has been a year when we've had adversity at crucial times," he continued.

"We had a terrible run before Christmas, terrible injury problems and this back end of the season, a level of criticism that the players probably weren't used to. Since I've been here, it's been milk and honey a little bit for most of them, so I think we've all been a little bit shocked by that."