Pardew hopes Swansea point will ease pressure from the stands

Alan Pardew believes Newcastle’s spirited display against Swansea will stave off pressure from the protesting Toon fans.

The Magpies came from behind twice to earn a shock point at the Liberty Stadium, with Papiss Cisse the man grabbing the goals.

Travelling supporters still called for Pardew to be sacked throughout the match, though, with similar songs aimed at owner Mike Ashley.

However,  Pardew admitted he took huge satisfaction from the result and thanked those who support him.

“We know that the tension in the stands and in the stadium is not going to go away in the short-term,” said the former West Ham boss.

“But what we must focus on is performance and I think we’ve got a bit to lean on from this game.

“We’ll take the positives out of it so the players can play to the best of their ability.

“I just have to just focus on the team and improve the team as best I can.

“I don’t think I’ll ever get a boring fortnight, but what I would say is that I’ve had lots of messages of support from within the game and I would like to publicly thank people for them.”