Football - Pardew: We won't repeat mistakes

Alan Pardew has promised that Newcastle will not allow themselves to be caught out again by the demands of a gruelling season.

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The Magpies head into the Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool sitting just six points clear of the relegation zone, with the rigours of a European campaign and a catalogue of injuries having helped to ruin their chances of challenging for a second successive top-five finish.

However, there is also an acknowledgement on Tyneside that they got it wrong last summer when they decided not to strengthen the squad substantially, adding only midfielder Vurnon Anita to the senior pool in the belief that their youngsters would come to the fore this time around.

It was an error the Magpies attempted to address in January when they belatedly invested £26million in Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran, and it remains to be seen whether or not they are made to pay for their earlier misjudgment.

However, Pardew insists that lessons have been learned.

He said: "I don't think we have shied away from that with the Europa League, that we were short of one or two - two or three players, actually - and it was compounded by injuries.

"Therefore, next year I don't see that scenario happening again at this football club. You learn from those mistakes, you have to. That's part of the process of managing a big club.

"This is only our third year back in the Premier League, so you can't say we have been here for 10 years and we have got it all nailed down. We haven't.

"But we will certainly next year be making sure that we have as fully fit a squad as we can, and that the squad is big enough to cope with 38 league games and the two cup competitions that we will be in."

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