Alan Pardew is confident he can lead Newcastle out of their early season rut - and he has the statistics to prove it.
The coach will be looking to lead the North East-based side to just their sixth win of the 2014 calendar year, in his 700th game in professional management, with Leicester City heading to St James’ Park on Saturday. The Foxes have started the season much more impressively, sitting mid-table after impressive draws with Arsenal and Everton, and a shock 5-3 victory over Manchester United.
It promises to be a challenging game for the Magpies, but Pardew is adamant his first-team will fight for a result, having tried as hard as possible for the win in every game they’ve played this season.
Speaking to Chronicle Live, Pardew revealed that the effort put in by his players has been top class this season, but they just haven’t found ‘that moment’ which will lead the side to victory.
He said: “The stats back that up, in terms of the energy and work-rate we’re putting in.
“We do need to find that moment.
“We need to create more opportunities to win games. That’s not just attacking but not giving away opportunities, like we did against [Crystal] Palace, conceding early in both halves at home.”
Amongst the calls for Pardew’s dismissal, claims that he has lost control of the playing squad have come forth, and he admitted that it is a new situation for him. However, he feels as if the Magpies squad are behind him, and it is just mistakes on the field of play that have prevented the claiming of three points this season.
“There aren’t too many times in your career you genuinely feel you lose the dressing-room,” he continued.
“I don’t think I’ve lost a dressing room before, but sometimes you can be slightly misguided by that because you’re always thinking positively and think people are behind you.
“But certainly there have been signs here that the players are desperate for the win.
“They are making mistakes rather than not wanting to win.
“There is a psychological balance and we’ve got a lot of pressure on us this Saturday.”