Alan Pardew suggests what has been key to Newcastle’s success

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Alan Pardew has named the key part of Newcastle’s team this season.

Newcastle moved into the Premier League’s European qualification places on Saturday, with their fifth straight league victory enough to lift them above Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Despite starting the season in turbulent style, manager Alan Pardew has circumvented a number of injuries to lead the Magpies on a miraculous run, and, with games against West Ham and Burnley scheduled for the coming weeks, the 53-year-old coach will have real aspirations of securing a top half position heading into the new year.

The goals of Ayoze Perez have been vital in the Toon’s upturn in fortune, and the breakthroughs of Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and Rolando Aarons have compensated for the host of injured stars that Pardew has had to work around. Moussa Sissoko has brought a drive and physicality to the withdrawn number 10 role left vacant since the departure of Yohan Cabaye last season, and there finally appears to be stability at St James’ Park.

Whilst the majority of the Magpies goals have come from Perez this season - with the Spaniard playing as a lone striker - Pardew told the Chronicle that it has been the line of attack behind Perez who have been the real key to the success registered in recent weeks.

He said: "The wide players - and Sissoko through the middle - have been the key to our success offensively."

Sissoko netted the winning goal on Saturday, as Newcastle defeated QPR 1-0 at St James’ Park, whilst Sammy Ameobi - who was playing to the left of him in midfield - put in a man of the match performance. Pardew will be keen to see his attacking performers continue to impress with European qualification a real hope for the Magpies heading into December.

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