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Pardew: A Game Of Tight Margins

30 April 2016


Alan Pardew felt the tightest of margins decided the match against Newcastle after his side had held the advantage in the contest during the first half. 

"In the first half we were the better team, controlled the game but at the start of the second half we had a bad patch and right at the end of that period they scored," he said. 

"It was a perfect time for them but we pushed on and got a penalty, which should have given ourselves a goal. That would have made for a very edgy finish to the game for them that would have played into our hands but we missed the penalty and they really tightened up and we couldn’t find a way through and we came away with a defeat.

"For long periods we were in control of the game but it was down to two set plays and that is how close the margins are in this league. 

"Our performance level was good but they are on it at the moment and didn’t really give us many chances and squeezed a win out of the game and we were chasing the match at the end and therefore they gave us a few scary moments at the other end."

Set pieces were important in this contest and it was a miss from the spot that kept the home side ahead as the Magpies moved out the bottom three. 

"Yohan is normally pretty efficient from the penalty spot, it was unusal for him as he just didn’t catch it properly. It was a tight game but they did well today and didn’t play like a team in the bottom three and after this result they have a chance. 

"We are still not mathematically safe and are left with two league games, we have Stoke at home first up next weekend which is a big game for us and try and keep our momentum we have gained with our semi final win and results before it."

Illness hit one of the team today but it was better news for another player returning from injury. 

"Scotty Dann was not well today and at half time he was sick and wasn’t feeling very well at all and don’t know how he came through the game so fair play to him. 

"It was good for Macca to get some more game time, he was strong for us and it was a shame he couldn’t stay on for the whole match as he was good for us going forward."

The league games are now coming to a close and a cup final on the horizon but he wants the squad to get the club over the finish line.  

"In a way with the cup final coming up it is difficult for the lads to put it at the back of their minds, but the two league games are important and we have to try and improve our league position. Really and truly we were looking for something from today but it wasn’t to be. 

"We are still not mathematically safe and are left with two league games, we have Stoke at home first up next weekend which is a big game for us and try and keep our momentum we have gained with our semi final win and results before it."

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