Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Pardew rues another late leveller

Alan Pardew

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was left disappointed after seeing two Barclays Premier League points snatched from his team's grasp for the second time in a week following their 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

Just as they were last Sunday at Sunderland, the Magpies looked to be heading for victory when they were pegged back by an injury-time equaliser. This time, it was Aaron Lennon who did the damage to cancel out Fabricio Coloccini's stunning 59th-minute opener.

Pardew said: "Perhaps because we had conceded late last week, the answer was, 'Well, we got a bit deep last week, let's go and get the second', and of course, that cost us (against Spurs)."

He continued: "If you have got a regular team that's winning every week and confident, you would have a little bit more 'je ne sais quoi' about you to see games out and be a bit more relaxed.

"Some senior players were disappointed last week, and even more so this week, but we will correct that, we will get that right.

"When you are a nailed-on, good team in the Premier League, that wouldn't have happened. We ain't that yet, we have still got to work towards that. But there were a lot of good signs."

Asked about Coloccini's contribution, Pardew said: "I thought he was the stand-out player in the game, personally. He was brilliant in the back four.

"He made a tackle on Defoe in the first five minutes of the second half where he detached himself from the player he was marking and stopped a goal.

"Then he went up the other end and once he had chested it and brought it inside, he is so proficient technically, I fancied him to get a good hit, which he did.

"It was a great, great goal, I am so pleased for him. He is a really likeable character."

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