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Pardew Full Of Praise For Newcastle United’s 12th Man, Or Is That 11th Man?

8 years ago

Speaking after the draw with Liverpool, Alan Pardew was full of praise for the fans’ support to the team.

The manager believed that Newcastle were the better team before the sending off and recognised the importance of the supporters, especially when United went a man down.

“In that opening period when we had eleven on the pitch we were match them, if not probably just shading it. We had got the goal and then we had a man sent-off, we had no qualms about that – he had to go.

“We then had to show the other side and there is a question mark about the team, it is about the character and resilience. We showed it at Cardiff and even more here today with ten men.

“We throw up an unusual player to give us the lead, out of our academy. We love him to bits, Paul Dummett, he’s a local guy and I know what it meant to him, it was brilliant that moment. That will be the biggest moment I take away from the game, his face. I think he had a little hop and a jump.

“It was tough for Newcastle fans and the manager, we put such effort in that we deserved a point for sure. So therefore you are kicking every ball, defending every ball, our fans were great and they stayed with us. It was just a great game of football. If you love football that is what you want to see.

I keep saying we are trying for a more offensive look and we need to be able to defend as well, we conceded another two today. We are going to score goals and I’m going to make sure that we keep every attacking flair in the team.

“We had Sammy, Papiss, Shola, Obertan on the bench, all our players are playing well, offensive players. Now we just have to tighten up, that is important for us.

“Willo was struggling for this game and he (Paul Dummett) trained yesterday in the first team, I think it helped as it focused him. That if Willo got injured in the first fifteen minutes, he was going to play. Therefore when he came on he was ready for the game, the goal was a great bonus.”

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