Newcastle boss Alan Pardew believes that the club’s upturn in fortunes can be traced back to a resilient second-half display at Goodison Park in September.
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Pardew’s side started the season in indifferent form but have now won four games on the bounce, two of which were particularly high profile victories against Chelsea and Tottenham.
And the former Southampton and West Ham manager credits a second-half revival against Everton on Sept. 30 -- Newcastle were 3-0 down at the time and went on to lose 3-2 -- for the recent resurgence.
“We won the second half against Everton and since that moment we have been very strong," Pardew told the Evening Chronicle. "I genuinely sensed in the dressing room they believed they were going to win.
“Of course, the effort you have to have to put in to win in the Premier League was there for everyone to see. Our two wide guys must have done 12-and-a-half kilometres, no problem. They were outstanding and that shape and resilience is getting us results. I don’t know.
“We have a tough game on Wednesday against Swansea. They are a good side. I think it is difficult to win, especially against teams you are expected to win against. They are the most difficult.”
Meanwhile Pardew also looked to reassure the fringe members of his squad of their future involvement, revealing they will be granted opportunities in the coming weeks.
Pardew made just one change for the 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, with Mathieu Debuchy returning from suspension in place of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Now blessed with a degree of strength and depth to the squad, the weekend saw Pardew able to name the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse and Yanga-Mbiwa on the substitutes’ bench. With a handful of the club's backup players set for a run out with the club's reserve side this week, Pardew revealed that the busy fixture list will likely see everyone garner an opportunity.
“It was that tight I didn’t feel it would be right to bring on substitutes at times because I felt that it was such an intense game," Pardew added. "And mentally you need to be tuned in. But their chance will come. Hatem, Papiss, Anita, Mapou, Steven Taylor and Sammy Ameobi all want to play a part but can’t get in at the minute.
“We played some really, really good stuff against a really, really good side. Some of it was so intense and there was so much energy on the pitch. It was a really good game of football and West Brom played their part for sure. We are not to be denied at the moment. We have confidence and belief in the group.”
"It is that spirit and that strength that we have this year. It comes from not having midweek games and working on the training ground. And being able to nail things down. We look a lot more solid and organised.”