Premier League

January 19, 2013

Full-time

Newcastle United

1 - 2

Reading

Premier League

15:00 +00:00, January 19, 2013

St James' Park, England

Pardew remains defiant

Under-fire Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insisted he is strong enough to take the tide of criticism which came his way after a demoralising home defeat by Reading.

Pardew said: "I am strong enough and have been in situations before where I can deal with where we are at. But I think it's obvious that the team wants a result. That would help every situation.

"We are lacking impetus. A result perhaps would have given us some impetus today, but we didn't get it, so therefore we need to look to strengthen the team. That's somewhere we can get some impetus and give me some options I think will work for us.

"The 10-day break will also give us a chance to get Steven Taylor up top speed. He's only had four days' training, so he wasn't really available for today, and he will add to us. But we definitely need two or three more players in this group, and hopefully we can get them over the line before we go to Villa. I would like to go to Villa stronger than I was today.''

Brian McDermott, who joined Reading when Alan Pardew was the manager there, was understandably delighted with a second fightback victory in a week.

He said: "Adam Federici pulled off a couple of really good saves in the first half which proved to be match-winning saves. Pavel Pogrebnyak had a real chance in the first half before they scored and we could have been 1-0 up.

"But you come here and they get to 1-0 up and then it's never going to be easy. But I thought in the second half, we upped our game. You have to manage games. You have to stay in the game and once Newcastle didn't get a second goal, we knew we were in with a shout the longer the game went on.''

Scoring Summary

Newcastle United Reading
Yohan Cabaye (35')Adam Le Fondre (71')
 Adam Le Fondre (77')