Pardew: Villa good enough to stay up
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is backing Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert to lead the midlands club to Barclays Premier League survival.
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Villa slid back into the bottom three for the third time this season after losing 2-1 at home to the Magpies on Tuesday night and they have now taken only two points from the last seven games.
But Pardew was sufficiently impressed by Villa's second-half revival - and the standing ovation given by the home fans - to predict they will survive.
He said: "I think Villa are going to be more than good enough to get out of the situation they are in.
"They've got some great players and I think they've got a good manager.
"He is under pressure at the moment, the team is under pressure, you can sense that a little bit.
"But get a win, get a little bit of luck, and they will be okay and on another day they could have got something against us.
"I really felt they gave us a lot of problems second half and it was nice to see their fans appreciate that as well because fans don't always."