Newcastle are looking like cruising to the end of the season with safety guaranteed after hitting 44 points on Saturday with a 2-1 win to Birmingham, but Alan Pardew won’t be giving Toon players an easy ride.
“Making sure we don’t coast for the rest of the season is something I've got to focus on,” Pardew told the Journal.
“We have a professional respect that we handle ourselves very well in these remaining games.
“Speaking to other managers, it's a difficult period when you get past that 40-point mark, and we're experiencing that.”
Pardew credits the character and spirit of the Newcastle side in getting past a difficult period to reach safety, after the Toon lost star striker Andy Carroll and sacked Chris Hughton.
“The hunger and character of the team is what's driven us and if we let that fall away then we won't win,” Pardew said.
“Our points tally doesn't allow us to relax, but you can sometimes sense on the training ground that our focus has dipped a little bit.
“We need to make sure we're on top of that as a staff, that we're doing our best and the players need to focus quickly.
“The players have been absolutely brilliant and we want to finish in the top 10. We want to finish the season right. For us it's about finishing strongly and making a point.”
Newcastle are currently in 10th place in the Barclays Premier League, and visit a deflated Chelsea and then face West Brom at home over the remainder of their season. Pardew says the side will be putting in the effort for their fans, as Newcastle look to regroup and set higher goals in the summer.
“For us, we want to make sure our fans go away in the summer looking forward to next year and that the base we have is sound,” Pardew said.
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