Newcastle display against West Ham dispells disharmony 'myths' - Pardew

Despite a 0-0 draw taking their Premier League destiny out of their own hands, the Magpies manager was pleased with his side's performance at Upton Park after a tough week
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew feels his side's performance in the 0-0 draw against West Ham has dispelled the "stupid myths" circulating the club during the week.

The Daily Telegraph reported internal strife and disharmony among the squad on Wednesday, prompting strenuous denials from Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias and Pardew leading up to the game at Upton Park.

Despite the draw - earned against the backdrop of mounting second-half pressure from the hosts - leaving the 16th-placed club at the mercy of Sunderland and Wigan below them in the Premier League relegation fight, Pardew felt the performance demonstrated the cohesion of his side.

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"I thought we were terrific first half," Pardew told reporters. "I thought we had a legitimate goal that was chalked off but second half we faded. We were starting to lack a little punch and we had to roll our sleeves up in the last 15 minutes and defend well.

"We dispelled some of the stupid myths that have been thrown around about us that there’s a rift and lack of unity. We put that to bed today and now we have got to show the quality in the group to get us out of this little mess we are in."

Newcastle had Rob Elliot to thank for their clean sheet, with the goalkeeper making a number of impressive saves to deny West Ham a late winner.

Pardew praised the contribution of his second-choice shot-stopper, while also acknowledging the stability offered by returning captain Fabricio Coloccini.

"We played under a lot of pressure and Coloccini was a massive lift for us," he continued. "You could see the different organisation and we just looked a much better unit and that’s very important going into QPR.

"I'm really pleased with a lot of our players today, some of them have taken real heavy criticism this week and its difficult to play under that. Fair play to the players, they deserved the point today and the credit that goes with it.

"I still think that in terms of this season, there’s still a lot of football to be played - these next two or three games. Not just for us and Wigan, there are others involved as well.”

Newcastle now face two crunch games to save their Premier League status, and West Ham assistant boss Neil McDonald has backed Saturday's opponents to beat the drop.

"I think Newcastle are good enough to stay up," McDonald told reporters. "Everyone’s under pressure. Everyone needs to get the points on board but personally I think they’ll be OK.

"The most pleasing thing is we haven’t been involved in a relegation fight. We’ve always had a chance to look up and that has given us good confidence. We’ve acquitted ourselves very well in the Premier League."