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Alan Pardew Goes On The Offensive

7 years ago
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Rather than point the finger at his own team, the Alan Pardew referee comments after the match showed who he thought was to blame.

The Newcastle manager’s tactics looked to be working up to a point, that is until Swansea scored.

Sitting deep and hitting the home team on the break led to a couple of decent chances and promising movement up the pitch but the goal totally changed the outlook.

This is what Alan Pardew had to say about what followed;

“There were two big decisions went against us and they were crucial to the result.

“The first was a penalty – no doubt in my mind about that. I felt it at the time and the players’ reaction told me everything I needed to know – that should have told Howard (Webb) as well.

“It hit his arm and it is going in the back of the net – that’s a penalty isn’t it?

“The second was for a foul on Gouffran, I thought Williams had no chance of winning the header and he’s gone into the back of Gouffran but he (Webb) just played on.

“I was disappointed in those decisions and I have told him that as well. He’s given me his explanation and I accept that but I don’t agree with it.

“Then there’s the incident with Jonjo (Shelvey), looking at the video (head butt on Debuchy) I think it was disappointing for Jonjo as he’s a terrific lad and it is unlike him, but maybe you could argue he shouldn’t be on the pitch.”

While I would agree that the first penalty should have been given and at 1-0 it would have given us a great chance to get back into it, the second incident definitely wasn’t a penalty and while Shelvey should have gone – Swansea were already two up at the time.

I think he’d have been better off just sticking to that first penalty incident as the other stuff weakens that.

With the luck we carried in November though I think we are still ahead when it comes to getting the rub of the green.

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