Pardew concerned as Newcastle prepare for Stoke

Alan Pardew has admitted concern for his Newcastle United players as they look to take on Stoke City during the week.

Alan Pardew has admitted concern for his Newcastle United players as they look to take on Stoke City during the week.

The Magpies were beaten 2-0 by Southampton at St Mary’s today with goals from Gaston Ramirez and Adam Lallana heaping on the misery.

Pardew’s Toon fell to 14th on the table following the defeat and the boss is worried about heading to Stoke on Wednesday night.

"We're worried, of course we're worried, because we are Newcastle United and we've really got that dressing room to take into Wednesday night," said Pardew.

"It's not like we can add four or five players from the squad into that group. That is our group and they have been soundly beaten today and are going to another tough place.

"We have three days to try and lift the team to try and get ready for another tough game.

"I thought it was all good up until when it kicked off. It was nice to see some old friends and nice for the fans to give us a nice ovation but obviously it stopped when they got amongst us.

"They did a good job today and we were unlucky as they had a great result at QPR and their tails were up. Their confidence was there and that made it even more difficult for us."

 

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