Newcastle boss Alan Pardew confident Chelsea result will persuade Mike Ashley to spend this summer

Manager believes side's spirited display at Stamford Bridge will make club's owner feel "more secure" in investing in the team, and hopes to give fans hope with big signings
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is confident his side's battling 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday will make the club's owner Mike Ashley more confident in spending to strengthen the squad this summer.

Pardew's men twice came from behind to earn a deserved draw in west London against a below-par Chelsea side, with defender Steven Taylor heading home in the last minute of injury time to snatch a point for his side.

The result leaves Newcastle still in with a chance of a top-half finish in the Premier League if they beat West Brom this weekend, and Pardew believes his players have given Ashley more than enough evidence this season to suggest the club can push on further next term.

Speaking after the Chelsea game, the former West Ham boss told the Northern Echo: "I don't think a performance like that does any harm for the owner.

"It will give him belief that we are doing the right things and putting the right things in place to take the club forward.

"If I was the owner I'd be a little bit more secure in investing."

When quizzed on the club's transfer policy this summer, he added: "We want to attract one or two big players and bring through one or two of our own. That's the balance you need if you want to be successful.

"The next stage for us is to bring the players in to take us on. You've got to give the fans hope and belief, and they will have been buoyed by what they have seen with the young players. But they will also be hoping to see one or two big players come in."

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