Last Updated: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 08:33
Alan Pardew fears for his injury-hit squad as Newcastle prepare for another tough trip to Stoke on Wednesday night.
The Magpies slipped to a third straight Premier League defeat as they went down to a 2-0 loss at Southampton on Sunday afternoon and Pardew admits he is concerned.
The Toon boss is without a number of key players through injury and suspension and the fact he is struggling to make changes to his side does not bode well for the trip to the Britannia Stadium.
The alarm bells are ringing after last season's fantastic campaign and Pardew understands the concerns.
"We're worried, of course we're worried, because we are Newcastle United and we've really got that dressing room to take into Wednesday night," Pardew said.
"It's not like we can add four or five players from the squad into that group. That is our group and they have been soundly beaten today and are going to another tough place.
"We have three days to try and lift the team to try and get ready for another tough game."
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