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Newcastle finally ended their dreadful run of six consecutive defeats with a much needed 3-0 win over Cardiff City this weekend. Goals from Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy and Steven Taylor wrapped up a comfortable victory for the Magpies, and manager Alan Pardew praised his side's display.
“I’ve had to stand by the principles I stand by as a manager these last few weeks,” Pardew said. “That was a solid, team performance led by the captain (Fabricio Coloccini). I thought he was magnificent, as was the goalie (Tim Krul). We needed them.
“In the times when Cardiff – who had nothing to lose – threw everything at us, we showed resolve. When the second goal went in you could almost sense in the team that we had suddenly become more relaxed, and had a bit more control," added the beleaguered boss.
Long-serving striker Ameobi got the scoring started, and whilst there are question marks surrounding the Nigerian's future at the club, the experienced hitman has backed the club by saying that this season hasn't been as bad as many suggest it has been.
"The fans are entitled to voice their opinions, they're not happy and that's understandable," Ameobi said, "We started the season really well, and let's not forget we’re in ninth position. I think that's been overshadowed a bit.
"You finish where you deserve to at the end of the season. It’s been unfortunate that we’ve had this run. We need to look at the bigger picture. I know the manager is. If you look at the teams ahead of us, with the money spent, it’s not as bad as it seems," he added.
Meanwhile, whoever is in charge of the Magpies next season will need to spend money to strengthen the squad, and the club continue to be linked with a shock swoop for Jack Colback from fierce rivals Sunderland. The utility man is out of contract at the end of the season and whilst Gus Poyet is still hopeful of keeping him at the Stadium of Light, Newcastle remain the favourites to snap him up.