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Pardew: Key Decisions Didn't Go Our Way

26 April 2015

Alan Pardew was left reflecting on decisions that he believed cost his side a chance of getting something from the match against Hull City.

"Key decisions went against us today, the first goal was handball, we had a penalty call when Wilf was challenged and I think we should have had a penalty when Glenn Murray should have scored in the first half.

"And then our goal, I think that's a tough call. You know if you're a centre-half, you've got a bit of jostling going on. And at set plays you look at any of our corners today, you'll have seen plenty of that going on, plenty.

"And it's not given, there's no retake at the corner or a penalty at the corner, and yet in that situation that centre-half knows there's a little bit of a tussle with the striker, and then he just went to ground and bought the free-kick in my opinion.

"There's not many referees that would have given that decision today, in the light of the incident, but he did.”

In addition to the decisions during the game Alan also felt that time-wasting tactics were not taken into account when the added time was calculated as the game came to its conclusion.

"Key decisions, that's his job as the match official, and he's a good referee. What I did have a problem with was the amount of time added on we had.

"Because anyone who was here second-half would know, the substitutes alone was four minutes coming off the pitch, let alone everything else.

"And I understand that and I have no problem with teams who are desperate for the points wasting time and slowing the game down, I get it.

"I have done it myself, and had seven minutes added in a game but you get that, you have to accept it as a manager.

"Steve Bruce would have probably accepted seven or eight minutes because that's what it should have been.

"But it wasn't, and I'm disappointed in the referee for that, and I don't care what the scoreline is.”

Away from his views on the official he did say that the manner of the performance was not what he has come to expect from them.

"We were poor today though, we weren't at it at all, It's hard to say what was missing, having to be without Joel Ward was a problem for us today. The midfield and forward line was not quite as I would have liked but we’ll address that in our own way.”

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