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The Magpies manager, whose side sit 15th in the Premier League, urges fans to get behind the players as they take on Harry Redknapp's relegation-threatened team

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has labelled the Magpies' Premier League clash with QPR on Saturday a "must-win" match.

The Toon Army have endured a torrid campaign this season and sit just two points above the relegation zone as they host Harry Redknapp's struggling Hoops.

"It's going to be one of those days we must win," Pardew told the Shields Gazette.

"Usually, reporters say it's a must-win game – I'm telling you it's must-win. That's what we need to do."

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The Magpies have lost six of their last seven games but the 51-year-old's only concern is picking up three points in his next match, arguing: "We've always been about the next game.

"Even at Fulham [a 2-1 defeat on December 10], I said it wasn't important – it's gone. There's nothing you can do about it. It's the next game – that's the only thing that you can legislate for.

"Already, I'm looking forward to it and it can't come soon enough."

Pardew urged the home support to get behind the team on Saturday, acknowledging that the onus is on them as favourites to get a result.

"We're going to have a lot of pressure this week," the Newcastle boss added. "QPR will be expected to lose, so they can come and play with a little bit of freedom.

"Not us; we're going to have to play under monster pressure. It needs to be full up. They need to be right on our side, whatever happens – even if QPR go 2-0 up."

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