Boss Gutted By Old Trafford Tragedy
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United FC
Alan Pardew could not hide his disappointment after Newcastle suffered a 4-3 defeat away at Manchester United on Boxing Day
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Alan Pardew could not hide his disappointment after watching his Newcastle United side suffer a last-gasp 4-3 defeat away at Manchester United on Boxing Day.
The Magpies led three times at Old Trafford - through James Perch, a Jonny Evans own goal and Papiss Cisse - but were pegged back on each occasion and eventually Javier Hernandez bagged the winner with just seconds remaining.
It was tough to take on Newcastle, who had been outstanding throughout a rollercoaster afternoon of action, but as he prepared to travel back to Tyneside empty-handed, that was little consolation to the manager.
"You couldn't fault our ambition or effort, but two soft goals have cost us today," Pardew told nufcTV.
"We should win this game, I keep saying that and it isn't good enough, so therefore I'm not pleased in any manner if I'm honest. I'm as disappointed as I've been as a manager.
"We've got so many regrets from the game and that is something you don't want to come away from a football match with.
"Unfortunately if our players were a little bit better in different areas then we would have got something, for sure.
"We were desperate to show our fans - who were brilliant - that we have great resolve and resilience in the team.
"But we are really disappointed with the last couple of goals. We should have done a lot better with those."