Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew believes that his side's recent run of results has stained their season after an excellent start to the campaign.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has admitted that his side's recent form has put a dampener on their season.
The Magpies were sixth in the table at Christmas, but have taken just 13 points from their last 17 games in the Premier League, in a run that has seen them lose their last five matches.
Pardew told reporters: "Top 10 was just our goal, it wasn't an instruction. It's not like a life or death sort of decision.
"The short-term results over the last five games have really put a bit of a stain on our position. We need to remove it."
Newcastle face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium later today.
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