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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was delighted with his side after the earned a hard fought 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening. Goals from Yoann Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko gave the Magpies the win, and Pardew invented his own accolade to praise his players – the team of the month.
“I’ve always been consistent in my message,” Pardew said. “I work hard for the club, and I believe that I’m a good manager. The most outstanding thing (last month) was the team. If there was a team of the month, they’ve won it. They’ve been brilliant.”
Full back Davide Santon has also praised the team, as the Italian noted the difference in resilience from last season. Santon also pointed out how dangerous the Magpies are up front, with Loic Remy in particular causing defences problems so far this season.
"Last season we lost these tight games. Now, if we concede a goal we don't take a step back and wait for the pressure, we regroup and try to score ourselves," the defender said.
"The confidence and calmness is there now so we don't collapse after we've conceded. That is the huge change from last season. I think it comes from knowing that we have so much of a threat in attack."
A blow to Newcastle's season would be the departure of goalkeeper Tim Krul, who has been a consistent performer under Pardew this season. His stunning display against Tottenham Hotspur alerted a number of clubs to his services, but his agent Kamil Cira says there has been no bid from Juventus, after Krul was linked with being Gianluigi Buffon's successor.
“At the moment, we can’t say anything, Juventus have made no official offers,” said Cira, speaking to Tuttojuve.com.
“Tim Krul is very happy at Newcastle and talking about a transfer is nonsense.”
Meanwhile, Pardew has been linked with a move for another striker in a bid to take some pressure off Loic Remy. Heerenveen goalscorer Alfred Finnbogason is the latest name to be linked with a move to St. James' Park having scored 16 goals in just 13 games this season. The Iceland international is also a reported target for West Ham United, so Newcastle will need to move quickly if they are to sign the 24 year old.
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