ALAN Pardew’s hopeful Newcastle United can underline their European credentials – in Burnley.
Pardew’s side’s five-match Premier League winning run came to an end in East London on Saturday.
A goal from Aaron Cresswell gave West Ham United a 1-0 victory at Upton Park.
The result saw Newcastle, previously fifth, drop down to eighth in the league table.
And manager Alan Pardew – who will be without suspended midfielders Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback – feels the team’s reaction to that defeat will be all-important.
“We have to take it in the chin – we’re not going to moan about anything,” said Pardew. “West Ham just edged it.
“I said to the team that the first goal in the Premier League is so important when the platform is so tight, which it was between the two teams.
“We have won games against Liverpool and Spurs where it could have gone against us. We are thankful they didn’t on those occasions but we can’t be disappointed.
“We would have liked to have played a little bit better than we did, but the most important thing is to now to get the next result.
“When we finished fifth (in 2011-12) – and when I have had really good teams in the past – we have bounced back quickly.
“Even though it was a blow losing the game – and to lose Moussa and Jack for Burnley is tough for us – we will have to get on with it.”
Pardew’s thoughts were echoed by fit-again defender Steven Taylor, who came off the bench at Upton Park to replace Daryl Janmaat, who suffered a hamstring problem.
Taylor said: “We’ve got to come back strong. When we finished fifth, we bounced back pretty well.
“We’ll take it a game at a time, and Burnley is a big one for us now. It’ll be a difficult game there. We’ve got to recover and win the game.”
Pardew feels there’s an opportunity for Newcastle this season.
“I think it is very tight from fourth down to 12th,” said the 53-year-old. “I think there is going to be a lot of chopping and changing right up until the end of the season.
“We hope that we are at the right end.”