Pardew calls for fight from Newcastle

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants to see his team show some backbone amid growing unrest from supporters, ESPN has reported.

The Magpies were beaten 4-0 by Southampton in their last fixture with Pardew the subject of increasing criticism from the stands, including the displaying of banners calling for him to lose his job. Protests are expected as Newcastle host Hull City on Saturday and Pardew has said he and the players need to be stronger in the face of hostility.

“This is a time to stand up and deliver, really,” Pardew said. “Saturday is an important game for us because we’ve had a difficult start. The Southampton defeat was a tough day to take.

“As a group and individually, we’re better than that, and I take responsibility,” he continued. “It was a heavy defeat when we were looking for so much more. It was a tough day for our fans, a tough day for the team and, certainly, a tough day for me.

“Even if we’d got a point [at Southampton] it would have been an okay start because we’ve had some tough games. Now we have a game at home where the pressure is really going to be on us. We have to deliver.”

The reverse against Pardew’s former team left Newcastle bottom of the table with two points from their opening four games, draws against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace. Newcastle ended last season in 10th place, with 49 points from 38 games.

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