Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew wants a response from his side this week, according to Steve Harper

Steve Harper: Says Alan Pardew has demanded a response

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Steve Harper has revealed that Alan Pardew has 'demanded a response' from Newcastle ahead of this week's Europa League clash with Bordeaux.

Newcastle were far from convincing in their last outing as they had to come from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw at Reading.

The Magpies dropped to tenth in the Premier League table after their point at Reading, and Harper has revealed that Pardew was far from happy.

"The manager's demanded a response," the Magpies goalkeeper told the Evening Chronicle.

"We've got two huge games on Thursday and Sunday, and he expects to see a response against a Bordeaux team which got a fantastic result in the Europa League and Manchester United at St James' Park needs no build-up whatsoever.

"They're two big games. We know for a fact the performances need to improve. When you go away from home, you need to earn the right to play, and we gave the ball away in bad areas at Reading and brought a lot of pressure on ourselves.

"The manager wasn't happy with the performance. At half-time we knew if we improved we could have gone on to win the game. It was a disappointing performance, but our overall battling spirit saw us through."

Pardew wants answers on Thursday evening at St James' Park in one of the pivotal games of Group D.

Harper added: "Obviously, the manager's made it very, very clear that it needs to improve, and very quickly. The gaffer wants us to come out of the traps quickly.

"I think Thursday's game comes at a good time for us to put this performance behind us. If we can put in a good performance on Thursday night, we can carry that momentum into a very tough game against Manchester United.

"The home European nights, when you get quality European opposition coming like Bordeaux, are special. Hopefully, we'll get a good crowd in, and they can encourage the lads to put on a good display."