Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says his side need to produce a response against West Ham after last weekend's 6-0 defeat to Liverpool.
The Magpies have come under heavy criticism since being thrashed by Brendan Rogers' side at St James' Park, with one report suggesting there was disharmony in the dressing room. Earlier this week striker Papiss Cisse and midfielder Cheick Tiote both denied there was any unrest, and Pardew has echoed that sentiment by saying the reports are "wildfire" and "completely unfounded".
Speaking ahead of tomorrow's trip to West Ham, he said:
– Alan Pardew, Newcastle United FC Manager
At lot of criticism has come our way this week. Some of it completely unfounded and left-field as you'd expect when you get a result like that.
"As far as I'm concerned the group is very much together, pulling together trying to get a result. The fact that we have a lot of French players and some language difficulty has been torn-up and made to be something else. There is no problem.
"Some of the wildfire that we've had has just been way off the mark."
Full-back Matthieu Debuchy will miss the trip to Upton Park through suspension after being sent off against Liverpool.
Massadio Haidara (hamstring), Sylvain Marveaux (groin), Tim Krul (shoulder) and Davide Santon (hamstring) are all out.