Belfast Telegraph

Pardew: Newcastle got lucky

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew conceded his side rode their luck in coming away from Ewood Park with a 2-0 victory over Blackburn that lifted them to fifth in the Barclays Premier League table.

A Scott Dann own goal in the 12th minute put the visitors ahead before David Dunn's penalty that was saved by Tim Krul in the 43rd minute and Gabriel Obertan's late goal made the points safe.

Pardew praised the attitude shown by his players as they bounced back from Saturday's FA Cup defeat by Brighton, saying: "With the loss of (Yohan) Cabaye this morning and so many key players out, I think we knew coming here it was going to be very difficult."

He added: "We talked about it before the start of the game, to be resilient and strong. Blackburn put everything in your box. We had to be strong and we were, but we had some fortune in the game, something I didn't think we got at Brighton, and sometimes that can make a difference."

Cabaye appealed against a charge of violent conduct for a clash with Brighton's Adam El-Abd on Saturday, but the Football Association rejected it and he'll miss two more games, a decision that frustrated Pardew, who said: "I am disappointed, especially with everybody saying they don't think there's any intent in there and the FA still decide to (ban him)."

For Blackburn boss Steve Kean, it was another costly defeat that kept his side in the relegation zone, and the circumstances made the result all the more frustrating. He said: "I think we had enough chances to win three games, never mind one. We didn't start the game well, but after the deflected goal we controlled the last 30 minutes of the first half.

"In that respect we were happy, we just felt we snatched at a few chances and didn't show enough composure in front of goal. We've just got to take that one on the chin, sometimes the performance and chances don't always equal a result."

Kean again left out captain Christopher Samba, deciding he was still not in the right frame of mind after seeing a transfer request turned down, but loan signing Modeste was heavily involved on his full debut.

Kean said of the Bordeaux man: "I think Anthony did well. He was unlucky not to get a goal, he probably had enough chances to get a hat-trick, but each time it fell to him and it didn't happen, maybe he just tried a little bit too hard.

"But I think he showed enough tonight that he's going to add something to our squad. He didn't know he was going to play until the very last minute because David Goodwillie had flu so maybe just a little bit of over-excitement on his part."


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