Alan Pardew was down but not defeated following Chelsea’s win on Saturday.

In fact he was quite bullish that Newcastle would have caused Chelsea a lot more problems if their preparations hadn’t been affected by a lack of time thanks to a combination of Europa League football and the Notting Hill Carnival preventing a Sunday match.

“Not really acceptable to ask players at this level to play two games in two days. If we’d had a week’s preparation you would have seen a different Newcastle”.

Well worth having a listen to what the manager had to say post-match.
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