Newcastle have a lot of hard work to do - Pardew

The club have lost five games on the trot to put their hopes of finishing in the top half in jeopardy, and the manager - returning from his touchline ban - has urged improvements
Newcastle United must put in a lot of hard work to end their wretched run in the Premier League, according to manager Alan Pardew.

Pressure has built on the Newcastle boss following a run of five successive defeats, with a top-half finish now in jeopardy.

9/2 Newcastle are 9/2 with bet365 to finish in the bottom half
Having completed a touchline ban for clashing with Hull City's David Meyler, Pardew is hoping his side can lift the mood around St James' Park by demonstrating improvement in their three remaining games this season.

"We've got a lot of hard work to do before the Arsenal game," he told the Shields Gazette. "We definitely need to give a credible performance and hopefully get some points.

"Certainly, against Cardiff, we've got to win, whatever route it takes.

"Now we need to make sure we regroup this week.

"It's important that we win at least one of these last three games to secure [a top-half finish]."

Newcastle are still to play Arsenal, Cardiff City and Liverpool before the season ends.