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We had to repay Toon Army – Pardew

FAN-TASTIC ... Hatem Ben Arfa and Gabriel Obertan celebrate in front of the Toon Army.

FAN-TASTIC ... Hatem Ben Arfa and Gabriel Obertan celebrate in front of the Toon Army.

  • by MILES STARFORTH
 

ALAN Pardew told his players they couldn’t let Newcastle United’s fans down at the Reebok Stadium.

The club’s six-game run without a Premier League win came to an end in the Boxing Day fixture against Bolton Wanderers.

Goals from Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba gave Pardew’s side a deserved 2-0 win in front of a 4,000-strong travelling support.

Pardew’s players all went to the away end at the final whistle, the relief clear at the result on both sides of the advertising hoardings as the home fans streamed for the exits, their own team’s Premier League status looking increasingly perilous.

“I have said we are a big club, and I told our players we had to play like a big club,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“When you see 4,000 fans at that end, it shows you why we are Newcastle United. It gives us the power.

“Good teams can deliver on cue. We needed a win and to get out of the rut, and we’ve done that. We were more disciplined, and we got a thoroughly deserved win.”

Meanwhile, Pardew refused to be drawn on next month’s transfer window.

Pardew’s priority is now a defender, and it remains to be seen whether the club will still bring in a striker after the breakdown of the proposed move for Sochaux’s Modibo Maiga because of a failed medical.

“I don’t want to talk about transfers at all,” said Pardew.

“It was about getting a win at Bolton.”

 

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