Alan Pardew expects more from Newcastle United

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Alan Pardew has insisted his Newcastle team must do better ahead of next season.

The Magpies ended the season in 16th place with a total of 41 points, only five points clear of relegated Wigan Athletic.

That's is in stark contrast to last season's fifth-placed finish, with Pardew's men amassing 65 points - only five fewer than third-placed Arsenal.

The Newcastle boss has made it clear what he feels needs to change if they are to improve next time out.

"We have to deliver better performances and a better commitment to games," he told the clubs official website.

"We have to make sure that every point next year is gold dust, because they are - look what a point would have done for us from this match."

Pardew also expressed his appreciation for the famous Toon Army, who have stuck by the team regardless of results throughout the campaign.

"We get 52,000 here and we would probably get 52,000 if we were in the Championship," he added.

"But that doesn't mean we should just accept that. You can never take the support for granted here."

The comments come after Newcastle's final game of the season, a 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal, who sealed Champion's League football with the three points.

Pardew explained he was happy with how his team performed in a game of little significance for the Toon, although recognised that his side ultimately fell short in the final third. 

"We looked a different side in the first half without the pressure on us, and the quality we showed in that half was terrific against a great Arsenal team, who were bang in form," he concluded.

"As much as we tried to get through them - and Hatem had some nice moments - ultimately we couldn't get through them. We lost the game but in honour really."

Although the result wasn't what he'd have wanted, one Newcastle man will always remember the game. Veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper was playing his final game for the club after 20 seasons on Tyneside.

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