Newcastle United's Alan Pardew: 'We needed shaking up against Tottenham Hotspur'

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew reveals that "strong words" were used in his half-time team talk during Sunday's win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has revealed that a few "strong words" were said at half time during his side's Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The Magpies entered the interval a goal down at White Hart Lane, but eventually clinched a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez.

"There were a few strong words," The Chronicle quotes Pardew as saying. "I said to them afterwards that it's not nice as a manager to sometimes come in and bark out orders, but sometimes it's necessary just to shake people up – we needed shaking up.

"We gave too much possession and space to Tottenham. We didn't make a challenge and we were fortunate to come in at 1-0. We reminded them of the fundamentals of a Premier League game and we got a much more stronger attitude."

Newcastle have won two of their league matches so far this season.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew celebrates victory at the end of the match against Man United on December 7, 2013
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