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Pardew surprised by poor season

3 May 2013 20:11

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted he didn't expect his side to be a in a relegation battle this season.

Pardew, whose side sit five points above Wigan in 18th place having played a game more, is well aware that the season hasn't panned out as he had hoped but believes there is a desire to turn things around, starting with their visit to Upton Park on Saturday.

Newcastle head to London off the back of a 6-0 defeat against Liverpool last weekend - but Pardew says his charges are eager to bounce back against the Hammers.

"I certainly didn't expect to be in this position at the start of the year, going there, but that's where we are and we have to accept that," he said.

"We are where we are so the most important thing is the performance and a reaction to Saturday's game."

While Pardew, a former West Ham manager, will be keen to secure three points and help his side's battle against the drop, he did admit that he was looking forward to returning to Upton Park.

"It's a place I know very, very well of course and it's a terrific place to play football; a passionate place, and a couple of my former colleagues are there," he said.

"Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Mark Noble, James Collins - they've got a few there who all served me well and I'm looking forward to seeing

them."

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 19 +27 46
2 19 +24 43
3 19 +14 36
4 19 +17 33
5 19 +11 33
6 19 +7 31
7 19 +0 31
8 18 +4 28
9 19 -6 26
10 18 -2 25
11 19 -2 25
12 19 -2 21
13 19 -11 21
14 19 -11 20
15 19 -13 18
16 19 -10 17
17 19 -8 16
18 19 -10 16
19 19 -15 16
20 19 -14 13

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