Pardew targets top-half finish with Newcastle

The 52-year-old insists his side can recover from back-to-back defeats in the Premier League but admits his players need to address their defensive frailties

Alan Pardew insists Newcastle United are capable of securing a top-ten finish in the Premier League this season.

The 52-year-old's side have suffered back-to-back defeats to Hull City Tigers and Everton, which has left them with a total of seven points after six games.

But Pardew believes that if Newcastle address their defensive frailties, they have a chance of climbing the table.

"I think we still have a chance of the top ten," said Pardew.

"As a team we have shown inconsistencies, especially in our defending. Some of the goals we have conceded this year really are not good enough for us.

"The consistency of performance individually and as a unit - the back four - we will have to do some work and there will have to be some personnel changes in there.

"I thought Mike Williamson came on and we looked a lot stronger and he has given himself a great chance of featuring at Cardiff."

Pardew slammed his side's first-half display at Goodison Park on Monday which saw them concede three goals without reply but the Newcastle manager insists that positives can be taken from their performance after the break during which Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy struck.

"With the fans travelling all that way and seeing some of the defending in the first half I can understand it," he said.

"But I hope at the end they see they have something to cling on to in terms of the pride we showed in the shirt.

"It wasn't just about digging in and making some tackles, we showed some quality in the second half and that will serve us going forward."