Under-fire Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has hailed the fighting spirit his players showed in battling back to secure a share of the points against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
Pardew felt the resilience shown by Newcastle in twice coming from behind proved that his players are still behind him.
“The players gave me everything and I don’t think my worst critic would say they didn’t,” said Pardew.
“We’re a better team than we’re showing at the moment.”
Newcastle are lying in 18th spot after earning a fourth draw in seven games, but they are still waiting on a first league victory.
Pardew admits the tension among the Toon Army in the stands is unlikely to ease soon. Newcastle have won only five games in 2014, leading to calls for Pardew to be sacked.
The manager said: “We know that the tension in the stands and in the stadium is not going to go away in the short-term. But what we must focus on is performance and I think we’ve got a bit to lean on.”
Pardew now has a fortnight to prepare his team for another huge game at St James’ Park, when Leicester visit on October 18th.
Papiss Cisse scored twice at the Liberty Stadium to earn Newcastle a share of the spoils in a game dominated by the hosts.
Pardew will be hoping a return to form for the Senegalese striker can help propel his side up the table.
Newcastle are 2.11 to beat Leicester, 3.08, in their next game with the draw 3.32