Alan Pardew issues rallying call to Newcastle fans ahead of Premier League clash with Norwich City
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has urged the 'Toon Army' to help lift his dejected Magpies' side ahead of Norwich's Premier League visit this weekend.
The Geordies' European ambitions suffered a cruel late blow with Arsenal's stoppage time winner at the Emirates in Monday's 2-1 defeat.
Pardew expects the bitter aftertaste to linger following Thomas Vermaelen's 94th minute clincher – but the Newcastle chief is confident his men will be ready for the Canaries.
'Last minute goals are painful and it will probably take until Thursday to get it out of our system, but then we've got to focus and we've got to go and win a game,' he said. 'It is very important that we win on Sunday in front of our own fans. Our fans will have watched this game, be it on television or here, and will have seen the honesty we put in. But we are going to need their help on Sunday. I really hope they turn up and roar us home, because we are going to need help.'
Pardew felt the visitors' naivety had proved their undoing after looking set for a battling point at the Emirates.
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'You come to a tough place, where they have got their tails up and are in good form, but we get a great goal,' he told Newcastle's official site.
'We switched off though and gift them a goal, and then for the rest of the game it was about could we create another chance and could we defend and work around all of their movement.
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'We had a good go at it. It was a fantastic effort.
'We could have maybe done a little bit more in possession and threatened them more, but when you get to the 94th minute and you've got the ball in the corner down their end, you've got to see the game out.
'We had some really good performances against a top team and we have to take that forward – we can't let it hurt us.'
Meanwhile, midfielder Cheick Tiote has labelled Norwich's north-east visit a 'must win' after picking up only two points from their last four Premier League games.
'I think the next game is important. We'd drawn the last two and lost this one, so I think we need to do everything to win the next game,' he said. 'The dressing room is okay. We're staying positive because we didn't deserve that, but that's football. I think the most important thing is we show our good character, be strong as a team and think about Sunday.'