Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew feels his players will be stronger for surviving relegation this season.

Pardew takes consolation they managed to stay up without relying on anyone else.

He said: "We said it was in our hands and we achieved it, which was a good thing.

"We didn't want to wait for a result at Arsenal v Wigan, so we did it the right way and we did it under huge, huge pressure as well.

"The players have had to do that and I think they will be better players for it.

"You have to experience those times and the pressure of that situation to understand it, and unless you have been a footballer, trust me, with a big club like this, you won't ever understand it."