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ALAN PARDEW feels that Newcastle United's 1-1 draw at West Brom was a pivotal moment in what has been a disappointing season.

United are on course for one of their worst Premier League finishes ever since joining the revamped top flight in 1993.

Newcastle finished 18th in 2009 and were relegated, but only Graeme Souness' side four years ago managed to achieve a similarly low position when they were 14th.

Newcastle have only managed a top-half finish once in six years under the Mike Ashley regime.

Now Pardew hopes that it can be a case of onwards and upwards after the draw on Saturday at the Hawthorns.

He told the Chronicle: "It was an important moment for the season and an important moment going forward.

"It would have been easy for them to come to West Brom and be ready to criticise us or be negative, but they weren't and that helped us." Pardew also felt the fans played a key part against the Baggies, and added: "Our fans behind the goal gave us a boost before the game and there response was terrific. "I really want to thank them for that." Before the West Brom game, Pardew admits that he spent time lifting his troops following the defeat to Sunderland. He reflected: "Yes, of course. We had to lift each other after that performance, the scoreline even more so. "We can look at a lot of facts in that game but when they smash two in the top corner it is very difficult to respond to it when you are tired, and mentally tired. "All of the talk in the week was going to mean nothing to us. Saying this or that meant nothing - it was always about our performance."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 22, 2013
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