By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Alan Pardew believes his Newcastle United side didn't show enough in the final third as they were dumped out of the FA Cup to Championship team Brighton on Saturday.
The Seagulls triumphed 1-0 at the Amex Stadium in the fourth round thanks to an unfortunate Mike Williamson own goal midway through the second half, and despite having some good chances the Magpies were force the draw that they arguably deserved.
But Pardew was less than happy with his side's attacking display and insists United did not create or take enough opportunities to trouble the hosts.
"It's disappointing because we wanted to go through in this competition, of course," the manager told nufcTV following the final whistle.
"We didn't threaten the goal enough tonight. We didn't have enough creativity. We controlled the game today for long, long periods, but didn't threaten the goal enough.
"The whole game we had a good grip on, without ever really unlocking them.
"The goal was disappointing and maybe because Danny (Simpson) got booked he had to pull out of the challenge, and that set them on the break. They then got a bit of luck to get the goal.
"They defended well to be fair to them, but we should have threatened the goal more with the possession we had."
Newcastle will be aiming to bounce straight back this week as they first travel to Blackburn on Wednesday night before entertaining Aston Villa next Sunday.
And the boss is under no illusions just how important those fixtures are.
"We've now got a big game on Wednesday night and we need to make sure we get the right response. There's two big games this week," he explained.
"(Blackburn) is not a good place to bounce back and will be a tough game, but we will threaten the goal a little bit more on Wednesday I hope."
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