Pardew hails Newcastle defence

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has applauded his backline for their performances so far this season, and feels his defenders and goalkeeper have been a major reason behind the Tyneside club’s excellent start to the campaign.

The St James’ Park club are one of only two unbeaten sides in the English top flight this season, and currently sit in third place after winning seven of their first eleven games.

Similarly, the Geordies have the best defensive record in the league, conceding only eight goals this term, and Pardew is full of praise for his rearguard.

“There have been a lot of goals in the Premier League. There are some fantastic players and sometimes, as much as you can defend and have all your disciplines in place, someone can produce a bit of quality to unlock it,” he told Mirror Football.

“Fortunately for us, for whatever reason, that hasn’t happened too often – and long may that continue.

“Our resilience and defensive quality are getting us over the line,” he concluded.

Newcastle have a difficult run of fixtures coming up over the next month that will really test their ambitions this season, starting with a trip to take on league leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium after the international break.

By Gareth McKnight