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Newcastle fans identify with Perch - Pardew

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says James Perch is now a real fans' favourite.

Pardew is full of praise for the way Perch has bounced back from disappointment.

"Ninety per cent of the fans have working class backgrounds and they want to see a grafter," he said. "Perch puts a graft in, centre mid, centre half, left back, right back - he's played everywhere, never moaned and been a star in terms of doing that.

"Playing as well as he has played in his career - I remember him at Forest, a big season for him."

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