No player rift at Newcastle

NEWCASTLE’S dressing room is united, according to manager Alan Pardew, who hopes his team ease their relegation fears with a second Premier League away win of the season at West Ham on Saturday.

The Magpies have sunk to 17th in the table, are five points clear of the relegation zone and have taken only one point from their last three matches.

Tempers were said to have boiled over in the wake of Saturday’s 6-0 drubbing by Liverpool, but Pardew insists there is no rift in his squad.

“As far as I am concerned the group is very much pulling together trying to get a result,” he said. “West Ham are safe, so there’s no real pressure on them. This is the time of year when you’re fighting for your life and the form book goes out of the window.”