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Pardew to fight on at Newcastle

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has vowed to come back stronger and better for the tide of criticism which has threatened to engulf him.

I have to, otherwise it kills you. That criticism, you can't wash it away and ignore it.

I can't do that. I have to face the criticism that has come my way - the fans are not happy - and try to deliver a product that will make them happy.

The most important thing is that you have a responsibility at Newcastle to play the game on the floor, play with passion and speed and play with an integrity.

Those principles, I stand by and next year, I expect to deliver on those.

– Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

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Newcastle striker Cisse facing lengthy injury lay-off

Cisse hasn't done his job very well for Newcastle this season. Credit: PA

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse is facing several months on the sidelines following an operation on a fractured kneecap.

The Senegalese frontman sustained the injury during Newcastle's 2-1 home defeat by Swansea last month, ending his season, and the 28-year-old travelled to Paris for surgery on Thursday.

A statement on the club's official website said: "He is expected to be sidelined for a number of months."

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