Newcastle not safe says Pardew

Newcaslte manager Alan PardewNewcastle manager Alan Pardew refused to suggest that his team are safe from the threat of relegation, despite beating Fulham 1-0.

Papiss Cisse netted the only goal of the game in the dying seconds to hand the Magpies victory in an encounter they edged against the Londoners.

The result lifts the Tyne outfit up to 13th in the table, five points clear of the drop zone.

Despite the buffer, Pardew believes that his side are still in the fight to stay in the flight, and cannot afford to get complacent:

“We’re far from safe yet, the whole of the bottom half is looking over their shoulder the wrong way, so we still have work to do.” He told Sky Sports.

Newcastle have had a tough week in terms of fixtures, having played Benfica in Portugal on Thursday night after being beaten by Manchester City last weekend.

Pardew was thrilled with the response of his squad, who showed grit and determination to steal a late victory:

“It’s been a tough week for us,” Pardew declared. “We played really well against Benfica but came back with a result we would rather not have had.

“Then, playing against real quality opposition today, we have had to pull on everything to try to get a win.”

Newcastle were a little lacklustre in the first period, struggling to impose themselves on the game.

Pardew believes that tiredness was a factor, but he was happy with the way in which they settled for the final 45 minutes:

“In the second half we played with a lot more composure, which was missing in the first half, probably because we were tired or nervous. But we deserved the goal, even though it came very, very late.”

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