Alan Pardew was quick to heap praise on his team after they edged closer to safety with a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

It was crucial for Newcastle fans that they saw a solid performance from their side, after last weekend's crushing derby day defeat to Sunderland.  

The team certainly responded in the Midlands and Pardew felt the game could have been wrapped up in the first period.

"We should have been leading 2-0 at half-time - we had the game exactly where we wanted it," Pardew told nufcTV after the final whistle.

"It was a tremendous first half, real energy on the pitch and you could see that the team had its function back."

The Newcastle boss did however concede that the home side bossed the second half, with a change of formation doing the trick for Steve Clarke.

"In the second half West Brom changed it and went really direct, as direct as any team has against us. They found that beneficial because they were bashing us about a bit," added the Toon chief.

The concern before kick-off for Pardew and his men was the reactions from the fans on the back of last Sunday's defeat to the Black Cats, but unsurprisingly the Magpies faithful proved as passionate and loud as ever.

"They were absolutely brilliant," added the Newcastle boss.

"I'd like to say a big thank you to them because it was important we got a good reaction from them after last Sunday, which they gave us." 

The point keeps Newcastle six points above the relegation zone in the Premier League, with Liverpool next weekend's visitors to St. James' Park. 

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