Pardew delivers verdict on Newcastle United survival chances
By Aramide Oladipo
Alan Pardew believes that Newcastle United are potentially six wins away from guaranteeing a place in the Premier League next season.
The Magpies have enjoyed a fantastic start to life back in the top-flight as they have won their last three matches in a row against West Ham United, Swansea City and Stoke City.
Rafa Benitez’s team have only conceded one goal in their past three outings in the Premier League and they hold a better defensive record than current champions Chelsea
The Tyneside club are sitting in fourth position in the league table and they are currently five points above the relegation zone.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, former Newcastle boss Pardew believes that the team need to build on their momentum and he is confident that they will avoid a relegation battle this season.
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“Momentum is such a huge thing in football,” he wrote
“Newcastle United have won three on the trot now and, if they keep the run going and win, say, six out of the next 10, that’s almost good enough to keep them in the division.
“After the transfer window shut, Rafa Benitez has obviously got his group of players together. They are going out with a good game plan and carrying out his message.
“Now the next game is important for them to keep up that momentum.”
Pardew helped to steer the Tyneside club to a 12th place finish in the Premier League following their automatic promotion during the 2010-11 campaign.
Benitez will be hopeful that his side can replicate that impressive season this time around after a promising start.
The Magpies face a trip to the Amex Stadium to take on fellow newly-promoted side Brighton on Sunday afternoon.
In other Newcastle United news, the boss has identified the key behind the Magpies’ success over Stoke.