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Pardew: We're A Lot Better Than That

14 February 2015

Alan Pardew was left disappointed with his sides performance against Liverpool as the club made their exit from this year’s FA Cup competition.

"I'm disappointed with how we played. With the ball, that was one our worst performances under me.

"We're a lot better than that and we need to prove that against Arsenal on Saturday."

At the end of any games there are always crucial moments that can be looked back on and in this one the manager pointed to a chance that Dwight Gayle had just before half-time.

"That turned out to be a pivotal moment, Dwight, in those situations, is usually very efficient - I was surprised he missed because he's very clinical.

"We would have been very difficult to beat if we'd got the second goal but it didn't go in and of course the game was different."

Alan didn't give excuses but knowing the quality of his group of players was left feeling frustrated at only seeing his side in the game for small periods of the fifth round tie.

"I felt we didn't put enough pressure on Liverpool, they can keep the ball well at times, and I kind of thought getting the goal was a negative. We got it early and ended up sitting back a little bit.

"Liverpool have fantastic technical players who ask questions, and it was a great first goal - unstoppable to a degree; great pass, great finish.

"They had a grip of the game from the off. We only had control in minimal periods. Towards the end we had a little bit more and it could have easily been a draw.

"I'm not too disappointed but I do feel it's an opportunity we missed. We're not going make excuses, Liverpool deserved to win and therefore you have to accept that sometimes."

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