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Pardew apologises to Newcastle fans for poor form

The Magpies boss also hit out at recent criticism describing it as "over the top" and says supporter unrest made for a difficult atmosphere against Cardiff City

Alan Pardew has apologised to fans after Newcastle finally ended a run of six straight defeats with victory over Cardiff City.

Newcastle sealed a 3-0 win against the backdrop of widespread protests around the stadium over the club’s current regime, which saw around 2,000 fans walk out on the 69th minute to symbolise the year the club last won a trophy.

Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy and Steven Taylor got the goals that consolidated the Magpies’ place in the top 10 and condemned their opponents to relegation, but the focus was on Pardew, who was booed every time he tried to get out of his seat.

A number of banners were displayed around the ground during the match and the Newcastle boss admitted afterwards that the fans deserve much better.

“I want the best for the team, I want the best for the best fans in the country in my opinion,” he told reporters.

“They’re upset, their angry, I understand that and I apologise to them for the last six games and hopefully we’ve turned a very small step towards them.

“The most important thing was to win for our fans. They’re obviously very frustrated and upset about the recent run and they made it a very difficult atmosphere today.”

The toxic atmosphere saw very few fans stay behind at the end of the game to applaud the players on their end of season lap of honour, which Pardew refrained from joining.

The former Southampton boss admitted he has been annoyed by some of the criticism levelled at him recently and felt that it hadn’t helped on what was a tricky afternoon for the club.

“I’m frustrated a little bit and some of the criticism has been a little bit from left field and a little bit over the top and that has fuelled the anger here,” he continued. “I have to accept that, unfortunately, when you lose six as a Newcastle manager.

“But you have to be focused in what you are doing and we focussed very much on the game, we focused very much on what the environment was going to be like today and we overcame it.

“We need to do that in the next game and that’s what I’ll do for as long as I’m manager of Newcastle United.”