Alan Pardew targets Newcastle improvement away from home

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has called on his team to start picking up points on their travels, with the Magpies just five points clear of the Premier League drop zone.

United have won just once away from St. James' Park all season and head to Upton Park on Saturday to play a West Ham side who boast one of the division’s best home records.

Pardew told The Evening Chronicle: “We need to show them we’re much better than our record suggests.”

That won’t be easy though, as the Hammers have only been defeated four times at the Boleyn Ground this term.

Pardew guided West Ham to the 2006 FA Cup final while in charge at the east Londoners, but was sacked later that year.

The 51-year-old is desperate to double Newcastle’s win tally on the road and give their Geordie following something to cheer about.

“They’ve been vital to us all year – the away fans have been absolutely terrific. And of course we have had phenomenal support at home with sell out crowds,” he said.

“We need to make sure we give something back. Our record isn’t good enough away from home. We know that. It’s got to improve dramatically if we’re going to stay up."

Survival remains the sole objective now for the Tynesiders, and four defeats in their last six matches have sucked Pardew’s men into the thick of a relegation battle.

If Wigan beat West Brom at the Hawthorns and Newcastle leave the capital empty handed, they will be just two points behind the Latics – who have a game in hand.

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