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Newcastle's dismal end to the season was compounded with a 2-1 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday. Despite the Magpies taking a first half lead, they couldn't hang on and the Reds roared back to claim all three points, meaning Newcastle ended the campaign with seven defeats in the final eight games. Manager Alan Pardew is still under pressure, but moved to praise his players for their display at Anfield, whilst noting the work that needs doing this summer.
“We were terrific. If we’d got that second goal from Gouff I think it would have been a tough ask for Liverpool today, because we were in good shape. But we know offensively we need to be stronger and this summer we need to put that right," said the beleaguered Pardew.
The game on Merseyside could prove to be the last in a Newcastle shirt for striker Shola Ameobi, whose contract will expire this summer. The Nigerian, 32, has been with the Magpies since he was 14 but could see his time at the club end in the coming weeks, and his potential final game was marred by a sending off for dissent after Daniel Sturridge put Liverpool ahead, which the striker says he is bemused by.
"I've asked a question and been sent off for that. I'm dumbfounded by it. People who know me know I don't swear and that I am not abusive. If this is my last game for Newcastle then it isn't the way I would have liked to go out. I'm quite upset by it. If it is my last game, I wanted to go out on a high and we were doing great for an hour," he said.
"I'm disappointed in myself for putting myself in that situation in the first place, but in the heat of the moment when decisions aren't going your way you get frustrated. I've apologised to my team-mates and would like to apologise to the fans because they were here cheering every single one of us on," added Ameobi.
The season is finally over and Newcastle fans can look to the summer transfer window where the club need to strengthen massively, and Aston Villa duo Fabien Delph and Andreas Weimann are the latest players to be linked with moves to Tyneside. A £15m fee has been suggested for the pair, with Pardew desperately seeking to add new talent to his squad for next season.