Pardew targets three points

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted that his side are going through a difficult spell currently, but has aimed for three points against Swansea this weekend to stop the rot.

After an impressive and unbeaten start to the season the Tynesude club have lost three out of their last four games, with defeats to Chelsea, Manchester City and Norwich causing them to slip down the league standings.

A number of key players have picked up injuries for the Geordies, and Pardew hopes that this will be the toughest part of the campaign for his team.

“We are having a tough run in terms of injuries and suspensions,” he told Mirror Football.

“This is what the Premier League is about – it tests you.

“You are not going to have it smooth all year, and maybe this is our rough patch,” he stated.

Meanwhile Jonas Gutierrez is hoping to get back to winning ways against Brendan Rodgers’ men next time out, and feels the fans deserve a victory.

“We now have to give a gift to the fans. We want to give all the supporters who have followed us all season a boost.

“Swansea is a good opportunity for us to return to winning ways. We need a win because we have not picked up three points for four games.

“When that happens you start dropping down the table and we cannot let his happen,” he concluded.

The Daily Mail also report that Pardew may well have the services of Cheik Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini to call upon against Swansea, as the pair make a recovery from injury.

By Gareth McKnight