GOUF­FRAN AC­CEPTS TOON ARMY FLAK

Midweek Sport - - ON THE NOSE - By JA­SON MEL­LOR

YOAN GOUF­FRAN in­sists the Toon Army are RIGHT to give New­cas­tle play­ers dog’s abuse.

But the French flyer in­sists the squad are all be­hind un­der­fire boss Alan Pardew – and are de­ter­mined to help him pull through the tough­est spell of his man­age­rial ca­reer.

Fans are still call­ing for Pardew’s head after a night­mare run of one win in 15 games and no league vic­tory this sea­son, which leaves the Ge­ordies in the Premier League bot­tom three go­ing into the in­ter­na­tional break.

Gouf­fran (right) ad­mits it’s been a tough patch as the side strug­gles for form and points – de­spite earn­ing hard-fought come-from-be­hind draws in two of their last three games against Hull and Swansea.

The 28-year-old reck­ons that shows the squad is play­ing for Pardew and that their be­lea­guered boss hasn’t lost the dress­ing room de­spite just five league wins in 2014.

Gouf­fran reck­ons the play­ers have to take the abuse from the stands on the chin and tough it out as they look for their elu­sive first league win of the cam­paign.

The for­ward ad­mit­ted: “It’s been dif­fi­cult, as we’ve lost games and not scored at times.

“We’ve not played as well as we can and we un­der­stand the fans are dis­ap­pointed and a lit­tle bit angry.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to get­ting back to ac­tion after the in­ter­na­tional break and con­tin­u­ing to give 100 per cent to the cause.”

New­cas­tle host Le­ices­ter when the Premier League re­sumes on Satur­day week.

Gouf­fran added: “We will go out there to do our very best to try to get that win.”

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