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George Groves beats Baker Barakat with second round TKO in Germany

Groves continues winning record by easily overcoming Barakat with second round TKO

, George Groves has now matched that tally in the last fortnight following his second-round stoppage victory over Baker Barakat in Germany.

The 24-year-old super middleweight beat Dario German Balmaceda at Wembley Arena two weeks ago and made light work of his Syrian opponent on the undercard of Robert Stieglitz's world title rematch with Arthur Abraham in Magdeburg.

On the attack: George Groves (right) lands a jab on Baker Barakat

On the attack: George Groves (right) lands a jab on Baker Barakat

Groves will target the winner of that clash later in the year after starring as chief support to Carl Froch's mouthwatering rematch with Mikkel Kessler on May 25.

The Londoner, who has now won all 18 of his professional contests, was on top from the first bell, peppering Barakat to the head and body before a left uppercut had the 32-year-old wobbling.

The bell came to his rescue on that occasion but a knockdown in the second session, followed by a further flurry of blows, forced the referee to step in.

Stopping him now: The referee steps in to prevent any further punishment

Stopping him now: The referee steps in to prevent any further punishment

Groves, who recently left Frank Warren to join rival promoter Eddie Hearn, immediately looked forward to a world title challenge.

'It was a good fight,' he said. 'He wasn't at the level I'm used to but I put in a good performance and didn't make any mistakes.

'I'm the No 1 contender with the WBO and was supposed to fight Stieglitz last year but I had to pull out through injury.'

Australian Open 2013: Andy Murray beats Robin Hasse

Murray ignites grand slam challenge with straight-sets victory over hapless Hasse

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01:50 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

01:50 GMT, 15 January 2013

Andy Murray wasted no time in reaching the second round of the Australian Open with a facile straight-sets victory over Robin Hasse.

The Brit was rarely out of first gear as he sauntered into a two-set lead and the writing was on the wall after an early break in the third.

And Murray closed out the match with minimal fuss to record a 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory over the Dutchman.

More to follow…

Game, set, match: Andy Murray cruised through to the second round with victory over Robin Hasse

Game, set, match: Andy Murray cruised through to the second round with victory over Robin Hasse

Easy does it: Murray was always in control as he races to a straight-sets victory

Easy does it: Murray was always in control as he races to a straight-sets victory

Support group: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears (above) and his fan club (below) were in attendance

Support group: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears (above) and his fan club (below) were in attendance

Supporters of Britain's Andy Murray

Supporters of Britain's Andy Murray

Cooling off: Murray barely broke sweat as he began his Australian Open challenge in style

Cooling off: Murray barely broke sweat as he began his Australian Open challenge in style

Aviva Premiership: London Welsh 26 Harlequins 31

London Welsh 26 Harlequins 31: O'Shea slams error-strewn referee despite returning to Aviva Premiership summit

By
Gary Baker

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18:43 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:56 GMT, 6 January 2013

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea launched a furious attack on the referee after his side returned to the top of the Aviva Premiership with this bonus-point win.

O’Shea accused official Llyr ApGeraint Roberts of a catalogue of errors, saying: ‘I’m unbelievably frustrated. You’d have to go a long way to see worse.

‘Everything was wrong – it was incredible. The offside line was irrelevant, trailing runners coming back was irrelevant, backing into the maul, not releasing in the tackle – all irrelevant.'

First blood: In-form Danny Care scored Quins' first try

First blood: In-form Danny Care scored Quins' first try

He added: ‘We were 21-6 up at
half-time but bafflingly, the penalty count was against us. How can that
be We have a feedback process for the referees but it’s not actioned
upon and it’s very difficult at times.’

It is the second time in a week,
following equally frustrated comments by Leicester’s Richard Cockerill
when giving his verdict on Andrew Small’s decisions in the Tigers’ 17-12
win over Gloucester, that a major club figure has questioned
officialdom.

O’Shea added: ‘This is just a bit of
moral support as well for Cockers last week. I am just mightily
frustrated. I have vented in the dressing room to the players.'

Reliable: Nick Evans' consistency with the boot was again vital to Quins

Reliable: Nick Evans' consistency with the boot wasReliable: Nick Evans' consistency with the boot was again vital to Quins again vital to Quins

He continued: ‘Something has to be done. Not all of
these guys (refs) are full time. Let’s be fair – our jobs are on the
line every week and it is a strange position to say, “Well, they are not
full time but that’s fine”.’

Quins were great in the first half as
London Welsh seemed on course for a crushing defeat, and O’Shea was
happy with his players’ performance.

‘We played some magnificent running
in the first 45 minutes and that’s what we should be talking about – our
full back, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, dazzled people with his footwork,’
O’Shea said.

Leading by example: Robshaw added another try

Leading by example: Robshaw added another try

ENGLAND WATCH

Captain Chris Robshaw was firing on all cylinders.

He battered his way over for a try and was lucky not to find himself in the sin bin when he came in from the side at a ruck.

But he had a good game and came through unscathed.

Danny Care started brilliantly and darted through the smallest of gaps to score.

But he faded and was replaced by Karl Dickson.

England scrum-half Danny Care and
national skipper Chris Robshaw, plus centre George Lowe, got Quins
first-half tries, and the bonus point came after Nick Evans added a
fourth touchdown.

Wing Nick Scott and the boot of
stand-off Gordon Ross brought Welsh back from the dead and an Ed Jackson
intercept-try threatened a real shock.

But Quins hit back in the closing moments and nearly got another at the end, only a defiant defence halting them.

Welsh head coach Lyn Jones praised his team’s efforts, saying: ‘At half-time, we were staring down the barrel,’ he said,

‘We started the second half well, we
were still in there and we needed to get the first score, which we did.
We had a chance to win but their class and ability shone through in the
end.

‘They are a very good side and it’s a
pity more sides don’t play like them. We are showing determination and
spirit and are good enough to stay in this league.’

Fighting back: The Exiles battle to reduce the deficit

Fighting back: The Exiles battle to reduce the deficit

Calf-injury victim Gavin Henson was
absent from the Welsh line-up, but Jones is optimistic that he will be
able to call upon his services soon.

‘I saw him last Saturday and he was due to train on Wednesday, but his leg wasn’t good enough,’ Jones said.

‘Hopefully, he will play as soon as possible, but it’s a calf injury and I don’t want my players to rush back.’

Mansfield to pay tribute to Hillsborough victims against Liverpool

Mansfield pay tribute to Hillsborough victims by placing 96 names on empty seats

By
David Kent

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11:09 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:25 GMT, 6 January 2013

Mansfield will pay tribute to the 96 Hillsborough victims this afternoon by placing their names on the empty seats which segregate the home and away fans.

The Blue Square Premier side host Liverpool in the FA Cup in one of the most eagerly-awaited ties of the third round.

'We wanted to do something in light of what has happened this year in terms of Hillsborough and as it's been so long since the two sides met,' explained operations director, Paul Broughton.

Tribute: Mansfield will place the cards on 96 empty seats in the north stand

Tribute: Mansfield will place the cards on 96 empty seats in the north stand

'One of our fans suggested we place a name on each of the empty seats in the segregation section of the stadium. The idea sent shivers down my spine. It was an amazing idea.'

Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said: 'I felt moved when I heard that Mansfield had planned this tribute.

Remembering: MK Dons fans paid tribute at Hillsborough on Saturday

Remembering: MK Dons fans paid tribute at Hillsborough on Saturday

'To me, it sums up where we are at, in terms of how everyone around the country is starting to realise what we’ve known for a long time about Hillsborough.

'It will be a lovely gesture and I think it's entirely appropriate for us going forward in our fight for justice. It means a great deal and I would like to thank Mansfield on behalf of the HFSG for what will be a beautiful gesture.'

Gotta keep the best! Pietersen takes to Twitter to demand Chelsea"s Lampard is given a new contract

Gotta keep the best! Pietersen takes to Twitter to demand Chelsea's Lampard is given a new contract

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23:21 GMT, 30 December 2012

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23:21 GMT, 30 December 2012

As someone who knows how it feels to be instrumental to a team's fortunes but be ushered out, it's perhaps no wonder Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to remind everyone of the virtues of Frank Lampard on Sunday night.

The England batsman and Chelsea fan took delight in Lampard's outstanding performance – and two goals – in Sunday's 2-1 win at Everton and urged owner Roman Abramovich to renew his contract when it expires at the end of the season.

He wrote: 'Lamps shows who the boss is today.. YOU DARE, Roman! #gottakeepthebest' and posted it just after watching a re-run of the Chelsea win on Match of the Day 2.

Support: England cricketer Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to demand Chelsea's Frank Lampard be offered a new contract

Support: England cricketer Kevin Pietersen (below) took to Twitter to demand Chelsea's Frank Lampard be offered a new contract

England batsman Kevin Pietersen

The hashtag could be interpreted as a reference to his own reintegration to the England cricket squad after being outcast during the summer Test series with South Africa for allegedly sending defamatory text message to members of the opposition squad.

Pietersen was forced to make an apology to his captain Andrew Strauss, coach Andy Flower and other teammates after the text messages emerged and was reinstated for the tour of India this winter.

Food for thought: Lampard's double in an excellent performance at Goodison Park may prompt the Chelsea hierarchy to rethink not offering him a new contract in the summer

Food for thought: Lampard's double in an excellent performance at Goodison Park may prompt the Chelsea hierarchy to rethink not offering him a new contract in the summer

Lampard, 34, is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of this season and, with negotiations over a new deal seemingly a non-starter, his two goals against Everton were a timely reminder of his undiminished abilities.

Pietersen is no stranger to airing his views on Chelsea's fortunes on Twitter – in November 2011, he called then manager Andre Villas-Boas a 'muppet' and gave him six months in the job. This turned out to be true, with the Portuguese sacked a few months later.

Sachin Tendulkar retires from one-day international cricket

Legendary Tendulkar finally calls time on his one-day international career with India

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UPDATED:

08:53 GMT, 23 December 2012

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket.

The Board of Control for Cricket confirmed the 39-year-old, regarded as the world's greatest living batsman, had decided to bring an end to his 50-over career after 463 one-day international caps.

Tendulkar spoke to BCCI president Narainswamy Srinivasan before announcing the decision.

History: Sachin Tendulkar reacts after scoring his hundredth century

History: Sachin Tendulkar reacts after scoring his hundredth century

The Little Master said on the governing body's official website: 'I have decided to retire from the one-day format of the game.'

Tendulkar added: 'I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team.

'The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest. I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future.

'I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years.'

The batsman, who made his ODI debut back in 1989, has made his decision before next month's five-match one-day series at home to England.

Grateful: Tendulkar thanked all his fans for their support over the years

Grateful: Tendulkar thanked all his fans for their support over the years

Tendulkar struggled during the recent Test series against England, passing 50 in only one innings and averaging just 18.66, and a decision over his future had been mooted.

He retires from ODIs having scored 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83, his highest score an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in 2010. He made 49 one-day centuries and 96 fifties.

His last one-day appearance came in March against Pakistan, the team against whom he made his debut almost exactly 23 years ago.

Tendulkar also took 154 one-day wickets, his best return five for 32 against Australia in 1998.

India spinner Harbhajan Singh was quick to pay tribute to the batting great.

He said on Twitter: 'Sachin tendulkar a great batsman.great human being.a great friend.great man to look up 2.proud indian.Real son of india.I salute u nd love u.

'Masters.423 matches, 23 yrs, 18426 runs !!!! These numbers no body else will be able to come close to.salute salute salute to sachin.'

Hero: Indian students hold a large poster of Tendulkar after he gained his 100th century

Hero: Indian students hold a large poster of Tendulkar after he gained his 100th century

SACHIN TENDULKAR FACTFILE

1973: Born April 24, Mumbai.

1988: Scores 100 not out in his first first-class match for Bombay against Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy becoming the youngest cricketer to score a century on his first-class debut, aged 15 years and 232 days.

1989: Makes Test debut for India against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of 16.
December: Makes ODI debut against Pakistan but is dismissed by Waqar Younis without scoring a run.

1990: Scores maiden Test century against England at Old Trafford.

1992: At the age of 19 he becomes the first overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire.

1994: September 9 – Claims his first ODI century against Sri Lanka in Colombo after 79 one-day matches.

1996: Leading run scorer at World Cup played in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with a total of 523 runs.
August: Takes on the India captaincy although suffers two relatively unsuccessful stints during a four-year period, winning only four Tests and 23 ODIs.

1997: Named Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

1998: Scores his first double century for Mumbai against Australia in the Brabourne Stadium.

1999: November – Involved in India's highest run-scoring ODI partnership with Rahul Dravid as the pair put on 339 against New Zealand. In the same match, he records the highest individual ODI score in Indian history with an unbeaten 186.

2000: Gives up the captaincy of India after the two-Test series with South Africa.

2001: Given a suspended ban of one game in light of alleged ball tampering during a match against South Africa at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth. The ban is later lifted by the International Cricket Council after an investigation.

2003: Named the Player of the Tournament at the 2003 Cricket World Cup and scores 673 runs, the highest by any player in the tournament.

2005: Overtakes Sunil Gavaskar's record of the highest number of Test centuries by claiming his 35th against Sri Lanka in Delhi.

2006: Overtakes Kapil Dev claiming the record for the highest amount of Test appearances for India with 135.

2007: January 3 – Edges past Brian Lara's world record of runs scored in Tests away from home with 5,751 runs.
June: Becomes the first player to score over 15,000 ODI runs during a match against South Africa in Belfast.

2008: March – Plays a record-breaking 417th ODI match against Australia.
August – Becomes just the third player in Test match history, and the first from India, to play 150 matches when he is selected in the third Test against Sri Lanka.
June: Nominated as the 'Icon Player' of IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, signing a deal worth US Dollars 1,121,250 per season.
October 17 – Becomes the highest run scorer in Test cricket, passing Lara's previous mark of 11,953, when he reaches 16 in the first innings of the second Test against Australia.

2010: February 24 – Scores the first double century in one-day international history, hitting an unbeaten 200 against South Africa.
April – Named player of IPL3 after finishing as the tournament's top run-scorer.
August 3 – Becomes most capped player in Test history, making his 169th Test appearance in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo to overtake former Australia captain Steve Waugh.
December 19 – Becomes first batsman to hit 50 Test centuries, achieving the feat against South Africa in Centurion.

2011: March – Hits two tournament centuries as co-hosts India win the World Cup.
November: Becomes the first man to score 15,000 Test runs during Test series against West Indies.

2012: March – Scores his 100th international century in an Asia Cup match against Bangladesh, the first player ever to do so.
December 23 – Announces retirement from one-day international cricket.

England Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan backs Andrew Strauss for mentoring role

England Twenty20 captain Morgan backs Strauss for mentoring role

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UPDATED:

14:19 GMT, 19 December 2012

Eoin Morgan gave his unqualified
support to the prospect of former England captain Andrew Strauss taking
up a mentoring role with the national team.

Morgan, who will lead England himself
in Thursday's International Twenty20 against India in Pune, knows
Strauss especially well thanks to their shared connections for club and
country.

Leading men: Andrew Strauss and England captain Alastair Cook (right)

Leading men: Andrew Strauss and England captain Alastair Cook (right)

The Irishman is a Middlesex player, as was Strauss until his retirement last summer. Morgan also began his England career under Strauss' captaincy, and believes he owes much of his development as a cricketer to the help and friendship he received from him.

Reports have suggested Strauss, whose successful tenure as Test captain ended four months ago, may be considered for a consultancy role by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

'It sounds like a great idea,' said Morgan.

Backing: England Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan

Backing: England Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan

'When I first came into the team, Straussy was captain – and the amount I've learned from him both on and off the field, things about life in general, he certainly took me under his wing.'

Morgan, taking charge of the Twenty20 team here in the absence of injured regular captain Stuart Broad, is confident Strauss could help others prosper too.

'I used him [his advice] to maximum effect.

'The things I learned, if he can pass them on to younger guys coming through or the next guys in line, it will be a massive benefit for English cricket.'

Arsene Wenger will NOT be sacked insist Arsenal but club chief Gazidis is set to face fans" fury at Emirates event

Arsene Wenger will NOT be sacked insist Arsenal but club chief Gazidis is set to face fans' fury at Emirates event

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

12:17 GMT, 12 December 2012

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UPDATED:

13:24 GMT, 12 December 2012

Arsenal are throwing their unequivocal backing behind underfire manager Arsene Wenger.

An increasing number of Gunners supporters are calling for the French manager's head after a difficult start to the season and club chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face a hostile audience tonight at the Emirates Stadium when he hosts a drinks reception for the Arsenal Supporters Trust.

The pressure on Wenger intensified last night as Arsenal were dumped out of the Carling Cup by League Two side Bradford.

Stand by your man: Arsene Wenger watches his side crash out of the Capital One Cup at Bradford last night, but the manager will continue to enjoy unwavering support

Stand by your man: Arsene Wenger watches his side crash out of the Capital One Cup at Bradford last night, but the manager will continue to enjoy unwavering support

HE'S USELESS!

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But the 63-year-old is under no danger of losing his job despite their recent slump.

The Gunners board remain 100 per cent behind Wenger, who is continuing with his plans to bolster the squad in next month's transfer window.

Wenger has an excellent relationship with the club's hierarchy, who are in no doubt the Frenchman remains the right man to lead Arsenal.

The board's unwavering support of Wenger will anger a growing band of supporters who feel it is now time for a change.

A right old coating: Wenger watches his side slump at Bradford's Coral Windows Stadium last night's cup

A right old coating: Wenger watches his side slump at Bradford's Coral Windows Stadium last night's cup

Bradford City supporters v Arsenal

Ivan Gazidis

Hat-trick: A Bradford fan celebrates last night (left) but Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face a hostile audience at a supporters' event at the Emirates Stadium tonight

Arsenal will complete an eight-year trophy drought if they fail to win any silverware this season, a statistic deemed not good enough by some fans.

Nevertheless, Wenger's position remains one of the safest in European football despite the club's problems.

WENGER MUST GO… THIS ARSENAL FAN HAS DECIDED ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Matt Fortune

By the time this piece is written, I'll need a bath. No, something more, a cleansing of the soul, perhaps. Forgive me Arsene, for I have sinned.

Here goes… Wenger out.

Defeat to Bradford, a team ranked more than 60 places lower than Arsenal, was humiliating for a club of this stature.

Forget their current form, injuries or any other extenuating circumstances, it was a shameful night for all involved.

The League Cup quarter-final result will go down in history, the lead in those 'It's happened before' newspaper items many years from now.

'Valley of despair', one headline screamed. Valley of the damned, I'd prefer. It was the final straw.

Click here to read the full Matt Fortune article…

Euro 2020: Michel Platini insists good for fans

Platini insists Euro 2020 will be good for fans as hopes raised of major role for England

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13:40 GMT, 7 December 2012

UEFA president Michel Platini has claimed the pan-continental Euro 2020 will be good for fans – and gave a boost to British hopes of hosting some matches at the tournament.

Platini said UEFA had held talks with fans group Football Supporters Europe and convinced it that the 'zany' format of holding games in 13 matches across Europe would benefit the majority of supporters.

The Football Association will bid for Wembley to host the final while Wales and Scotland will also bid for Euro 2020 games.

Big idea: Michel Platini came up with the concept for Euro 2020

Big idea: Michel Platini came up with the concept for Euro 2020

Platini told reporters at a briefing in Nyon: 'We have talked to the fans. They were against it originally but we told them we are going to help them and suddenly they had a much more positive attitude.

'Certainly it will be easier for the English to go to Wales and Scotland to watch a match instead of having to travel the world.

'We have some decisions to make now – some political, some geographical – for example we cannot have an English fan going to Lisbon, Kazakhstan and Sweden.

'We will have an intelligent solution – not chasing the fans all over Europe.

'The Euros are coming to the fans and taking matches to quite a number of countries.

'We have met with supporters’
associations recently and have reassured them we will do whatever is
possible to make sure fans get the necessary support when they travel.'

Platini
himself came up with the idea of staging the tournament but he said it
had been supported by every European country apart from Turkey, who had
hoped to host the Euros on its own.

Up for it: Wembley is a contender to host the Euro 2020 final

Up for it: Wembley is a contender to host the Euro 2020 final

He added: 'I just bring forward ideas and then national associations have their own meetings and workshops and 52 out of 53 said yes, I don’t decide, the national associations have decided.

'Poland and Ukraine was a great Euro but it was very expensive, almost as expensive as the Olympic Games.

'It is perhaps a bit of a zany idea but it is a good idea.'

Platini added that he wanted the finals and semi-finals to be in one city – and the FA will put London forward as a candidate.

He
said: “I’m in favour the final phase being in one city to give it more
importance, that’s my idea. The executive committee will decide whether
it’s a good or bad idea.

'I
think this would create a very special atmosphere among the supporters
and it will be a week of national teams and it could be a great party.'

Platini said FIFA president Sepp
Blatter had congratulated him on the Euro 2020 idea – and that he is
succeeding where the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi failed.

Champions: Spain will defend their title in France in four years' time

Champions: Spain will defend their title in France in four years' time

Gaddafi had suggested moving the
African Nations Cup around the continent, and Platini said: 'I got
congratulations from the president of FIFA, he said it is a marvellous
idea. He said somebody wanted to do it a few years ago with the African
Nations Cup and it was Gaddafi.'

He also hit back at criticism from FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke pointing out that the world governing body had ratified Japan and Mexico playing in South American competitions.

'FIFA accepts Mexico and Japan taking part in the Copa America and that is much more against the spirit than what we are suggesting,' said Platini.

The UEFA president also insisted he wants to support the Europa League rather than scrap it – an interview he gave to a French newspaper last week led to reports UEFA are considering getting rid of the tournament and having a 64-club Champions League.

He added: 'All I said is that there is a reflection going on to figure out what shape we want – we are discussing it, nothing is decided.

'I never said I am going to stop the Europa League. We have to look at all 53 countries and I believe the Europa League is great and that we need to support it and continue with it. It is a very popular competition.

'I am never going to organise competition for money's sake, only in the interests of football.'

Alan Pardew says he has Newcastle board backing

Pardew believes he has Toon board backing despite being close to unwanted record

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22:30 GMT, 2 December 2012

Alan Pardew has got the backing from the Newcastle United boardroom to turn things around as he bids to avoid setting an unwanted record on Monday night.

If Wigan leave St James’ Park with all three points then Pardew will have become the first Newcastle boss to suffer five Premier League defeats in a row.

But a frustrated Pardew is confident the encouragement he has from owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias can help bring the winning feeling back to Tyneside.

Backing: Alan Pardew said he thinks the board have supported him

Backing: Alan Pardew said he thinks the board have supported him

The Newcastle boss, whose side sit just two points above the bottom three, said: ‘The word from the boardroom is concern. We want to get going again and obviously to do well. They’ve given me massive support this week in trying to help me get the result I want, almost asking me what can they do for me

‘At the minute there’s not much they can do for me if truth be known. Little things here and there we talked about could help but they’ve been very forthcoming in that.’

Pardew is expecting to dip in to the transfer market when the window opens next month but a string of injuries to key players means he is not yet sure what areas of his squad needs strengthening the most.

He will welcome striker Shola Ameobi back to his bench tonight after groin trouble. The likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor headline a long list of absentees.

Pardew, who only signed an eight-year contract in September, said: ‘Unfortunately for us we’ve had a real turn of events in terms of injuries.

Assistance: Papiss Cisse could help Pardew avoid the record

Assistance: Papiss Cisse could help Pardew avoid the record

'I can’t think of a Premier League team in the last couple of years that has suffered as badly as we have in terms of key players. You can almost look in every position.

‘People are asking me about the window and what am I going to do but you could argue we’re weak in every position through injury. In my view the January window isn’t something we can focus on at the minute in terms of a target.

‘We have to keep our eye on every position and make sure that in January we react to who we get back because one or two will come back, for sure.’