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Meyler backs under-fire Pards

David Meyler has put Alan Pardew's headbutt behind him - and believes the Newcastle boss has done a 'terrific job' with the Magpies.

The Newcastle boss clashed with Meyler on the touchline late on in last month's 4-1 win over Hull City at the KC Stadium.

Pardew subsequently received a seven-match ban for his part in the incident and has come under increasing pressure following a five-game losing streak.

But Meyler has come to the defence of the Newcastle boss, believing he has done well since succeeding Chris Hughton in 2010, including winning the Premier League Manager of the Season award and League Managers Association Manager of the Year accolade in 2012 after leading the Magpies into Europe.

Terrific job

Meyler told the Daily Star Sunday: "People forgot Alan has done a terrific job at Newcastle since he replaced Chris Hughton.

"The last few games haven't gone too well for him but aside from that incident with me and getting beaten by Sunderland, he has done a good job this year.

"What happened with me was a minor incident as far as I am concerned.

"He is a grown man and knew what he was doing but he came up to me afterwards to apologise and that was the end of the issue from my perspective."

Meyler is instead focused on helping Hull stay in the Premier League and then taking on Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 17th.

The midfielder, who scored in both the quarter-final victory over Sunderland and semi-final win against Sheffield United, said the pressure is all on the Gunners to pick up their first silverware for nine seasons.

He said: "We have to enjoy the day. They have to win and there is pressure that goes with that expectation."