Pardew Seeking To Unite City
Written by Newcastle Utd
Manager Alan Pardew has called on the city to "come together" for Newcastle's final two games of the season
By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
'Newcastle, United, we'll never be defeated,' the famous chant goes - and Alan Pardew is looking for the whole city to come together for the common cause of Barclays Premier League survival.
The Magpies manager takes his side to already-relegated Queens Park Rangers on Sunday knowing that a win or a draw could be enough to guarantee safety for his team depending on other results over the next few days.
Champions League-chasing Arsenal then come to St. James' Park on the final day of the season and the Gunners know only too well after the momentous 4-4 draw in February 2011 what a difference the Newcastle supporters can make.
Last season, after overseeing a fifth-place finish, Pardew was the toast of Tyneside but he's also seen how results like last month's derby defeat to Sunderland can affect the mood of the Geordie people.
And he said: "We're very much aware that the games we've got left are very, very important for this football club - and not just this football club but this city.
"The mood of this city is bred off the back of this football club. Since the Sunderland game, I think we've all gone in different directions and the city needs to come together for these last two games, particularly the home game when we play Arsenal.
"We still might need points in that game so it's very important.
"When we're together, when the fans are super-positive with us and get behind us, this is momentum that's very difficult for the opposition and that's what we need to get back to."
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