Alan Pardew says that Newcastle United have solved their tendency to concede by defending from the front this season.
The Magpies had looked too open for much of the previous campaign, and during the early stages of this season, but Pardew feels they have rectified the problem now.
The 53-year-old boss has encouraged Newcastle to play with a counter-attacking style in recent weeks and he is delighted that all the players have bought into this new philosophy.
“He’s [Tim Krul] getting great coverage in front, not just from the back four, but from the midfield and the front two," he said to the Shields Gazette. “They’re all working hard to make sure that we win, and we’ve not always had that.
“Last year we had a few problems with that, but we’ve put it right. Everybody knows now that going forward, if we work as hard as we have been working, flair can come through, quality to come through, and you win games.”
Pardew certainly seems correct with his analysis, considering Newcastle have conceded just one goal in their last six games.
The Magpies have clicked into gear and accelerated up the table at a rapid rate in recent weeks.
They are now up to fifth position and talk is emerging of the side being able to make it into the European spots this season.
They will need to keep showing this resolve if they are to mount of push for the top-six, but their form is suggesting that they can be a match for any team in the division.
Newcastle have picked up notable scalps against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on their travels this season and it shows the potential that the squad have in their ranks.
The Mapgies' next game comes this weekend when they face West Ham United and they will be looking to extend their winning streak to seven.