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Newcastle's terrible run of form shows no sign of stopping after a tough 2-1 defeat to Swansea City at weekend. Shola Ameobi finally ended the Magpies' recent goal drought with a first half strike, but two goals from Wilfried Bony - including an injury time winner from the penalty spot - consigned Alan Pardew's men to yet another defeat.
The Magpies boss is under increasing pressure, and Pardew himself says that missing out on a top ten finish would be a huge blow to everyone at the club - but maintains his hope in getting it.
“I would like to think we will still secure that," said Pardew. "Momentum is very important. If someone said to me the (Swansea) game would follow the course it did before the ending I would probably have taken it. However, the last minute has put a really nasty taste on it and I feel really for my staff and players who have had to endure a tough week."
“You might think I have had to endure, and I have, but so have my players and staff. We are in it together," added the former West Ham manager.
Rumours persist that Pardew will be sacked at the end of the season, but midfielder Dan Gosling has thrown his support behind the beleaguered Newcastle boss, suggesting that Pardew's spell in the stands after headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler has hurt the team.
“We’re all sticking together,” the midfielder said. “The manager knows he’s got all the lads on side. We respect him as a manager and respect all the coaching staff. The atmosphere around the training ground is actually OK – it’s good.
“It has obviously just been difficult come Saturday afternoon, but I think it will be a lot easier when he’s back on the sidelines. The bad run has actually been with him upstairs, and it’s hard to get messages across. It’s actually a big miss.
“You don’t realise that it does affect the team, and you need the gaffer on the sidelines barking orders out. It helps us. We need him back down in the dugout, so it will be good," said Gosling, as Pardew prepares to return to the touchline for next Monday's clash against Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Newcastle will need to replace the goals of striker Loic Remy, who will return to QPR at the end of his loan spell this summer. Pardew has been linked with a number of strikers already, but is now reportedly joining the race for Nuremberg hitman Josip Drmic. The Swiss hotshot, 21, has been banging goals in for fun in the Bundesliga and is a primary target for Arsenal - which certainly complicated issues for Newcastle.