Pardew defiant in face of criticism

The Newcastle United manager insists he will 'stand up' to criticism of the job he is doing at St James' Park after a run of five defeats from six matches
Alan Pardew remains defiant in the face of criticism from some sections of Newcastle United's support following a poor run of results.

The under-fire Magpies manager has now served six games of  the seven-match suspension handed to him by the Football Association for headbutting Hull City's David Meyler, and his absence has coincided with an alarming slump in form.

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Of those six matches, Newcastle have won just one, losing the other five without scoring a goal.

The latest defeat came at Stoke City on Saturday and the unrest in the away end at the Britannia Stadium was audible but Pardew insists that he will continue to work hard at turning it around.

"There's a lot of it against me at the moment," he told reporters.

"I'll have to stand up to it and deal with it.

"All I can do is an honest job. I've tried to do that ever since I've been here."

Pardew signed an eight-year contract at St James' Park in 2012.