By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Manager Alan Pardew hailed Newcastle's never-say-die support at Tottenham on Saturday, admitting he was proud of a vociferous Toon Army in tough circumstances
United fell to a 5-0 defeat - their heaviest of the campaign - but despite the scoreline, the band of travelling fans were behind their side from start to finish and could still be heard long after the game had ended.
And at the final whistle, Pardew made a special point of heading down the touchline all the way to those in the corner at White Hart Lane, and thanked them for their efforts.
"They were brilliant, sung the whole game and tried to help us, " the manager told nufcTV.
"They love their club, they let it show and I just wanted to say thank you for that.
"We had to stay in the game in the second half, they had to stay with us, and they did. I'm very proud of them.
With it being FA Cup fifth round day next weekend, United now have a fortnight before their next fixture - a home game against Wolves.
And Pardew revealed there will be plenty of hard work put in on the training pitch during that time, as he also hopes to welcome back a trio of key stars.
"We will spend the break with the group to put us back into a good place. We can let this one go," he explained.
"We will hopefully have Cheick, Cabaye and Ryan Taylor back, and they are big players for us."