Pardew ready to adapt at Toon
The 50-year-old has vowed to get the fans off their seats by providing the kind of exciting, flowing football which thrilled Tyneside during the Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson era. However, he will not sacrifice the defensive resilience upon which his reign to date has been based. The Magpies currently sit proudly in fourth place in the Premier League table, in large part as a result of conceding only four goals in seven top-flight games to date. Central defensive pairing Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor - ably assisted by new first-choice keeper Tim Krul, who turned in a splendid individual display at Wolves on Saturday - have been instrumental in that. But with in-form strikers Demba Ba and Leon Best having now been joined in the matchday squad by the fit-again Hatem Ben Arfa and summer signings Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux, Pardew knows he faces a delicate juggling act. He said: "That's always going to be compromised somewhere along the line, and there's no doubt that one or two players coming into the team can change the character of it quite quickly. "That was evident at Nottingham Forest [in the Carling Cup third round], when we conceded three goals - and two of them were quite sloppy ones. "You have always got to be adaptable and always got to be ready to understand that one player can make the make-up of the team very different." Newcastle rode their luck at Molineux to come away with a 2-1 victory which extended their unbeaten start to the campaign to nine games in all competitions. Krul was superb but it took two highly controversial decisions by referee Mark Halsey - who awarded a free-kick outside the box rather than a penalty after Taylor had fouled Jamie O'Hara, and then disallowed a late Kevin Doyle equaliser on the advice of his assistant - to send them back home with all three points. Pardew was swift to admit his side had enjoyed some good fortune in the Black Country, and he is well aware that there are tougher tests to come with Tottenham heading for St James' after the international break. However, nothing breeds confidence like victories and a 15-point return from their opening seven league games - marginally less than a third of the total they had recorded by the end of last season - has left the club wreathed in smiles for the first time in a long while. Pardew said: "The players are producing. Whichever player I put out there at the moment seems to have a bit of form about them and confidence, and that bodes well."