Alan Pardew

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Alan Pardew was left to lament an "unsatisfactory day" at the office for Newcastle United, despite an impressive 1-1 draw away at Liverpool on Sunday.

The Magpies led through Yohan Cabaye's first-half strike, only to be pegged back after the break by Luis Suarez.

But United finished the match with ten men following a straight red card for captain Fabricio Coloccini, and also lost Cabaye, James Perch and Demba Ba to injuries.

Unsurprisingly, the boss was disappointed following the final whistle.

"It's been an unsatisfactory day for us because we've lost three players to injury and had our captain sent off," he told nufcTV.

"The three injuries made my decision immune and I couldn't change the game near the end even if I wanted to, and obviously we've lost our captain for three games so it's been a tough day.

"On paper though, it's a great result.

"We got a good goal and started to look very threatening towards half-time, but you've got to be careful with them in possession because they move you around.

"In the second half we let them have it, tried to hit them on the break and we had two or three great chances. Even with ten men we had chances.

"But their goal changed it. Had it gone on another ten minutes at 1-0 I think we would have won the game.

"However, we gave possession away at a bad time and a quick, early ball caught us out."

Pardew revealed that he doesn't expect to appeal Coloccini's sending-off, for what referee Anthony Taylor adjuged to be a late, high lunge on Suarez.

"I don't think there was any intent to hurt the player, I really don't," explained the boss.

"I've looked at it with Colo and it doesn't look good on the video.

"From one angle it looks bad but from another he puts his foot down to stop himself running into Suarez.

"I don't think he's caught the player but I don't think we're going to have much chance on appeal by the footage.

"So I don't think we will - we'll have to accept it."

To watch the full post-match interview with Alan Pardew, click here