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Pardew hails young guns in Newcastle resurgence

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insists his team should fear no-one as they attempt to extend their remarkable run of form.

The Magpies climbed into the top five in the Premier League on Saturday evening as a result of a 1-0 victory over QPR, their fifth in succession in the league and sixth in all competitions.

That represents a remarkable turn-around for a manager who just a matter of weeks ago was facing concerted calls for his head from disgruntled fans.

The 53-year-old is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he prepares for a December fixture list which includes clashes with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United as well as a derby showdown with Sunderland, although he is not unduly concerned by the task ahead.

Asked how important it was to have beaten QPR ahead of that tough schedule, Pardew said: "You could have argued that three games ago, four games ago.

"We had Manchester City and Liverpool and Spurs and we sailed through that, so don't look at the fixtures and think that there's anything that we can't deal with. It is a tough December, there's no doubt about that, but the team is in such a good place today, we were so disciplined today.

"I think anybody who recognises Premier League football and watches it on a regular basis would see that as a really powerful performance from a young team, so that was really good for us."

What was not so good for Pardew and his players was the sight of Ryan Taylor leaving the pitch in tears just 34 minutes into his first league start for 993 days, after fighting his way back from two cruciate ligament injuries. The midfielder, who had arguably been the most influential player in the game until that point, could have been forgiven for fearing the worst when he slumped to the ground in some distress after anxiously flexing his knee.

By chance, the surgeon who operated on him, Richard Steadman, was among the crowd at St James' Park and accompanied him to hospital, and Taylor later allayed concerns over any significant damage via his Twitter account. He tweeted: "Just to let you know I have no major problem, and I had to come off today just to be on the safe side."


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