Pardew Would Love To Take November Off The Calendar

28 December 2012 02:58
Alan Pardew will head into the new year knowing November 2012 was one of the worst years of his career.

The last 12 months has proved a thrilling adventure for the 51-year-old, who guided the club to a top-five Premier League finish at the end of last season and back into European football for the first time in five years.

Pardew, who takes the Magpies to Arsenal on Saturday, was relatively happy with his lot until November came around.

Man Utd 4 - 3 Newcastle Newcastle 1 - 0 QPR Newcastle 1 - 3 Man City Fulham 2 - 1 Newcastle Newcastle 3 - 0 Wigan  Stoke City 2 - 1 Newcastle Southampto 2 - 0 Newcastle Newcastle 1 - 2 Swansea  Newcastle 0 - 1 West Ham

In the space of 17 days, the Magpies lost to West Ham and Swansea at home and Southampton and Stoke on the road, and they reached the season's halfway point on Boxing Day with an agonising 4-3 Boxing Day defeat at Manchester United, meaning they have lost seven of their last nine league games.

Alan Pardew: "You take November out of the calendar year and you have to say what a bloody great year we had.

"But unfortunately November soured it and it's put us in a tricky position for this first half of the season.

"If we had picked up six points and been sitting on 26 with fourth place at 33, we would have been all right.

"We are really six points short of actually doing very well with the squad we have had.

"But we mustn't take our eye off it and think it's been okay or it's acceptable. It isn't and we have got to do better."

Source: Newcastle United Mad