Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is calling for passion from his players as they battle against the drop.

Only five points separates the Magpies from renowned battlers Wigan, who have a game in hand.

Pardew said: "Even after Benfica, a few of the players perhaps thought after that game, we would be all right.

"But we have got one point from three league games, and that's not good enough for this football club.

"Now we are in a dogfight - and we have got to fight. We have got enough character and belief in that dressing room to get through it.

"We have got to show that now."