Cleansing of the soul required, says Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew wants to see his team “take the game” to Bolton – after admitting Friday’s defeat of Swansea wasn’t “good for the soul”.

ALAN Pardew wants to see his team “take the game” to Bolton – after admitting Friday’s defeat of Swansea wasn’t “good for the soul”.

United smuggled three points from South Wales but they spent most of the game on the back foot due to the Swans neat possession football.

It left Newcastle feeling “flat” as they flew back to Tyneside, but Pardew is confident they will have a different approach when the Trotters come to town this afternoon. “We weren’t elated in the dressing room after the Swansea game. When you give up possession and a team pass around you like Swansea do, it’s not really good for the soul,” he said.

“Even though we won, the feeling was a little bit flat and Swansea do that to you. It will be a very different game on Monday and the emphasis will be on us.

“We’ll have to play with a different game plan and take the game to Bolton. We’re pretty good at that too. I think by the time Monday comes around, we’ll be in better shape to take the game on.”

Pardew is also wary of a Bolton side that seem to have rediscovered some form as they look to clinch top flight survival.

Newcastle will rightly fancy their chances of extending an unbeaten home run that extends back to December 21 but there can be no room for complacency against Owen Coyle’s men.

The ex-Ireland cap – who has drawn his side closer together in the wake of Fabrice Muamba’s shocking collapse – won the manager of the month for March.

“Bolton will offer a serious threat,” he said. “Their manager has just won Manager of the Month and quite rightly so. They seem to be re-harnessed and it’s going to be a tough game.”

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