Pardew: Christmas crucial for Newcastle

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits the festive period could make or break his side's season as they go in search of their fourth straight win against West Brom at St James's Park.

We're coming to the real thick end of the campaign now and this really is a spell where you've got to pick up points.

We've got a great momentum going and if we get another win against West Brom we will be in a great position.

The nature of the league has helped us stay in contention with the bigger clubs but this is where their advantage comes into play in terms of their squad size.

But our squad is stronger this year and if we can keep the momentum going and the group fairly fit and well, hopefully we can stay in touch.

– Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

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