Newcastle need superheroes admits Pardew
Published 22:30 12/12/11 By Simon Bird
It's a time for superheroes to emerge at Newcastle after just one point in four games left manager Alan Pardew admitting they have hit a “tough” patch.
Luckily, that’s just what Pardew’s squad dressed up as when they headed to Glasgow for their Christmas party, with Batman, Superman, Spider-Man (Leon Best) and Captain America all present.
Sonic the Hedgehog, a Power Ranger, Super Mario, Where’s Wally, Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, a Smurf (Jonas Gutierrez) and SpongeBob SquarePants also added a car-Toon Army element - something that was present in some of the Geordie defending against Norwich on Saturday.
Pardew had given his stars time off after a tough few weeks.
Defeats by Manchester City and Chelsea were followed by a 4-2 thumping at Carrow Road as a defensive crisis robbed Pardew of both centre-backs.
Newcastle are still in seventh place, but with their playing resources are being tested to the limit.
Injured skipper Fabricio Coloccini is pushing to be back for Saturday’s home match against Swansea, while fellow central defender Mike Williamson makes his comeback for the reserves on Tuesday.
“We now have to give a gift to the fans," said winger Gutierrez. "We want to give all the supporters who have followed us all season a boost.
“Swansea is a good opportunity for us to return to winning ways. We need a win because we have not picked up three points for four games.
“When that happens you start dropping down the table and we cannot let his happen.”
Pardew said: “We are having a tough run in terms of injuries and suspensions. This is what the Premier League is about – it tests you.
“You are not going to have it smooth all year, and maybe this is our rough patch.”