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Pardew thanks Ashley for keeping the faith

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has thanked club owner Mike Ashley for his show of faith after the Magpies recorded their fifth straight win.

Aoyze Perez's sublime opener and Fabricio Coloccini's header gave the visitors a comfortable 2-0 victory at West Brom yesterday.

Pardew looked to be on the brink of losing his job two months ago with fans calling for his sacking but has launched a revival to take them into the top eight of the Premier League.

Ashley had been quoted in The Independent at the end of September saying Pardew had one more game and if he lost at Stoke he would leave.

Ashley's lawyers maintained it was a tongue in cheek response, humouring a reporter, after the owner was approached on a night out in London.

Pardew survived and believes Ashley's support during a difficult start to the season has been key.

He said: "Everyone was pulling at him when we weren't winning and he stuck with me and was very supportive, especially after the Southampton game (a 4-0 defeat). You have to have that as a manager. It bought me just enough time.

"I particularly want to thank my staff. You need them to be loyal, especially when you are under fire. They trusted me and I feel the rewards and so do they."

Pardew started Perez with Papiss Cisse struggling with a knee injury and he now has three goals in his last three games.

His backheel flick opened the scoring just before the break and Pardew believes they have found a gem.

"He was courted by some big clubs, in particular Porto, and Porto don't sign anyone unless they are a good player," he said. "That underlined what we have seen and he has been a great buy for us.

In contrast, Saido Berahino was subdued just days after earning his first call up to the England senior side.

And West Brom head coach Alan Irvine admitted his eight-goal top scorer struggled to hit his previous levels.

"He probably had his poorest game but people have poor games," he said.

"I would like to think what happened during the week has given him a massive boost and maybe it didn't happen for him today for whatever reason."

"Give Newcastle credit, we probably didn't play as well as we needed to do."

Albion never recovered from going behind and although Irvine gave Perez credit he insisted the Baggies should not have let him score.

"It was a brilliant bit of finishing from Newcastle's point of view but we made some poor decisions on a positional basis," he said.

"There were a number of players who could have made different decisions to make us a bit more solid - we were a bit ragged.

"Full marks to Newcastle they took full advantage of that but we certainly have several things to look at from that."

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