Pardew on Newcastle's problem area
Alan Pardew says that Newcastle United's problems stem from their lack of cutting edge in the final third.
The Magpies are still looking for their first win of the season, after losing 1-0 to Stoke City last night, but Pardew does not feel that performances, as a whole, have been too poor.
“In two thirds of the pitch I felt we were good," he said to the Shields Gazette.
“The last third of the pitch is a problem for us, and we’ve got to put that right."
Mike Williamson says that Newcastle United are becoming frustrated with their struggles,
The club are in 19th place in the Premier League after a disappointing opening to the campaign and Williamson insists they are working hard to improve.
“We’re working really hard to try to rectify it," he said to the Shields Gazette.
“At the minute it’s not falling for us, and it’s frustrating.”
Sunderland not planning loans
Gus Poyet has revealed that Sunderland are not planning to bring in any loan additions as he is happy with the business that the Black Cats did over the summer.
Sunderland are still searching for their first league win of the campaign, but Poyet is determined to go with what he has got until the new year.
“There were a few calls about a few players. But to be honest, I’m not really looking. I’d prefer to go until January," he said to the Sunderland Echo.
“I’d like to concentrate on what we’ve got."
Details of Coates' injury
Gus Poyet says the injury suffered by Sunderland's Sebastian Coates is a 'strange' one.
The defender had to be taken off at half-time during his first appearance for the club last week and, although Poyet says the complaint is not serious, further tests have had to be run on it.
“It’s not serious. It was a precaution to take him off against Stoke, but we need to check a few more things," Poyet told the Echo.
“It’s a strange one. He can do 90 per cent of whatever action you ask him to do, but it’s one particular action when it causes him to feel something in there. We want to see if we can do more tests and make sure that it’s right."