Newcastle fan protests fair, says Pardew

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that protests against him from sections of the club’s supporters are fair, after his side were thrashed 4-0 at Southampton, Sky Sports has reported.

The Saints dominated from the start and could have gone ahead through Shane Long in the first minute. However, they did not have to wait long, as Graziano Pelle guided a header into the top corner.

The Italian then made it two on 19 minutes, capitalising on a poor header from Mike Williamson to eventually tap the ball home. In the second half, another Williamson error allowed Jack Cork to round Tim Krul and score his first Premier League goal.

Morgan Schneiderlin finished off a fine passing move with a delightful curling shot to complete the rout, as visiting supporters turned on Pardew, revealing a large banner that called for his dismissal in front of watching owner Mike Ashley.

And after the game, as the Magpies slipped to the foot of the Premier League, Pardew admitted the protests were fair. He said: “(The protests) are fair because you can’t get beaten 4-0 as Newcastle manager. I’ve had it a few times at this club and it’s tough to take.”

“It’s not easy to digest and it’s not easy for the players to play under those circumstances. We have to be strong and try and tough it out this week. We have to be brave. We have a bit more quality than what we showed today.”

On the performance of his side, he added: “The best team won. They were better than us. We made individual mistakes and we were well beaten.

‘We have to take it as a team .We never got a chance to get back into the game today. That’s how it goes when you’re on a bit of a bad run. We didn’t have long to prepare with the international breaks but there’s no excuse really, we should have been better.”

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