Alan Pardew: Newcastle boss set to celebrate return to form

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle have not won three Premier League matches in a row since November 2013

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says he is ready to show his face in the city centre again after the club's return to form.

Pardew accused fans of "mass hysteria" in September after his side's poor start to the Premier League season.

But the Magpies overcame Liverpool 1-0 at St James' Park on Saturday to make it four league and cup wins in a row.

Newcastle 'spirit' pleases Pardew

"It'll be fantastic in the town tonight - I might even go in myself, the first time for a while," said Pardew.

"That is what this city is about. It breathes and loves football."

Newcastle were bottom of the Premier League after a 4-0 defeat at Pardew's former club Southampton on 13 September, with fans calling for him to be sacked.

Since then they have taken 11 points from six top-flight matches.

The win over Liverpool, courtesy of substitute Ayoze Perez's goal, was their third in a row in the league, and lifted them to 11th.

In addition, the Magpies have advanced to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

Pardew, who celebrates four years in the job next month, added: "I always knew, and I kept saying it, that we have good spirit and good talent.

Former Manchester City and England defender Danny Mills, who played under Pardew at Charlton
"I've played for Alan Pardew and as an all-rounder - a manager and a coach - he is one of the better ones. He is innovative in the dressing room and has got those Newcastle players playing for him and playing for each other. But I asked Newcastle fans what it would take for them to start singing his name. They said they never would. Even if they finished in the top four? They said it just would not happen."

"I am not saying I saw the wins coming, but I knew there was talent.

"When it does not go well, they let you know, and when it is going well, they let you know.

"You take the good with the bad."

The win over Liverpool came at a cost, however.

Midfielder Gabriel Obertan was forced off with a thigh injury and Pardew said the outlook was bleak for the Frenchman.

"Losing Obertan was real blow because he has been outstanding," he said. "It looks like he's got a bad injury so we're all really disappointed for him."

Newcastle United fans with 'sack Pardew' signs
29 September: Newcastle fans display 'sack Pardew' signs during the 1-0 defeat at Stoke
Newcastle fans at the home game against Liverpool
1 November: Newcastle fans dressed in Halloween costumes hold up a 'Pardew - back from the dead' sign during the win over Liverpool

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