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Newcastle slumped to yet another defeat on Saturday, as Stoke City became the latest side to sweep aside the Magpies. Erik Pieters freak goal gave the Potters the win, as Newcastle went yet another game without scoring a goal. The pressure is building on manager Alan Pardew, who admitted that he doesn't feel that his job is safe right now, laying some of the blame at the feet of the local press.
"I don't feel safe," Pardew said. "I never feel safe as a Premier League manager. We live five to six Premier League games at a time, in terms of the pressure building from the media.
"I actually don't think the media in the north-east helped us this week. I think they whipped it up, for whatever reason. I know one or two of them are banned from the stadium and they probably used that as a bit of an agenda, which is a shame for us because we want them to support us."
Whilst Pardew feels that the pressure is building, Newcastle defender Steven Taylor says the performance was an improvement and that tactical changes from the Magpies boss helped contribute to an improved display, only for a bizarre goal to give Stoke the three points.
“I think it was an improvement,” Taylor said. “We felt comfortable, but the next thing we knew, the ball was in the back of the net from a cross, which was a fluke goal. A draw would have been a fair result. We saw what they were doing. They couldn’t break through us."
“Our boys were pressing them hard, and they kept playing side to side. We got after them, and when we did get the ball, I thought we played some good football. I thought we looked very solid, and couldn’t see them breaking us down," he added.
Meanwhile, Newcastle's bids to keep striker Loic Remy at the club on a permanent deal have taken a blow after speculation revealed that the French forward became a target for Spanish side Atletico Madrid. The QPR man is Newcastle's top scorer this season, but it seems the former Marseille star has eyed up Champions League football for next season, which Atletico can offer him.