Players must do more - Newcastle ace backs under-fire manager

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Yohan Cabaye feels Newcastle players are letting the fans down.

Back-to-back defeats against Hull City and Everton has led to continued speculation about boss Alan Pardew's future.

Cabaye, who came off the bench to score his first goal of the season against Everton, has urged his teammates to accept responsibility on the pitch.

Speaking about Pardew, Cabaye told the Gazette that the former West Ham boss retains the support of the Toon squad.

"Of course – he is our manager. In football it is often the manager who gets the blame. He works hard all week, and we have our responsibilities. We have to think about that, and play for everyone at the club.

"What we have been doing on the pitch is not enough."

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Meanwhile, Pardew has told his players to stop relying on Cabaye to pull them out of trouble.

The Frenchman is expected to start against Cardiff on Saturday afternoon - and Pardew says creativity of Cabaye must not be taken for granted.

"His forward passing, his forward thinking got us back into the game, but there will be times when he is not there and we need to have that same attitude.

"He is very important. He's a great player and this club needs great players.

"He is one of the players who gives us the consistency of performance every week, and that's what some of our guys are searching for."

Cabaye has been recalled to the France squad for their upcoming games against Australia and Finland.

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