Saints boss defends cup decision
Chairman Nicola Cortese this week insisted league results must improve despite Saints sitting in mid-table having overcome the 10-point penalty they suffered at the start of the season. Pardew's side are also in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and face a mouth-watering FA Cup fifth-round tie against South-Coast foes Portsmouth on Saturday. Pardew said: "My job is to try and get the right balance between the league campaign and these cup campaigns. "Unfortunately in the league we've slipped up a little bit, but we've drawn games rather than lost them. It's very frustrating but we hope to put that right."
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