ALAN Pardew felt Newcastle United were victims of ref justice at the Liberty Stadium last night.
Pardew’s side were beaten 3-0 by Swansea City, with the defeat ending a run of four successive Premier League victories.
And Newcastle must now regroup ahead of Saturday’s visit to Manchester United, who will miss Wayne Rooney through suspension.
While Swansea were the better side, Pardew felt his team were denied two second-half penalties by referee Howard Webb – Ben Davies handled a Loic Remy shot and Yoan Gouffran was fouled by Pablo Hernandez – while Jonjo Shelvey appeared to aim a headbutt at Mathieu Debuchy.
Shelvey, unpunished by Webb, later scored the home side’s third goal.
“I’m obviously very disappointed,” Pardew said. “We’ve had three bad calls against us.
“When you’re on a run like you’re on, it’s disappointing.
“It was 1-0 at the time (when Gouffran was fouled). From that incident where Gouff gets fouled in the back, they go up the other end and score.”
Shelvey – whose powerful run forward led to the own goal scored by Debuchy – denied making contact with the Frenchman after the game.
Asked if he had aimed a headbutt at the defender, he said: “That’s what you think. Nowadays you can’t do anything.
“I was trying to move to get out of the way. That’s life at the end of the day.”
But Pardew added: “He shouldn’t be on the pitch to score a third.”
Swansea substitute Nathan Dyer opened the scoring in first-half injury time with a right-footed effort after goalkeeper Tim Krul had cleared a Alejandro Pozuelo cross from the left.
Swansea, looking to claim a rare home league win, had an urgency about them early in the second half, and Dyer forced a save from Krul with a far-post header.
Shola Ameobi tried a shot on the turn, but Michel Vorm was equal to his effort, while Shelvey shot narrowly wide.
Remy could not keep his header from a Yohan Cabaye corner down, then Gouffran broke down the right and crossed for Remy, whose shot struck the arm of Davies.
Referee Howard Webb waved play on.
Debuchy recklessly slid in on Pablo Hernandez seconds later. The full-back – who served a one-match ban for five bookings late last month – was fortunate to stay on the field.
The game had opened up, maybe too much for Newcastle. After a push on Gouffran went unpunished, Pozuelo threaded a through ball between United’s defence for Shelvey, whose shot was blocked by Krul.
But it struck Debuchy, sliding in to challenge Shelvey, and rolled over the line for the Swans’ second goal.
Shelvey almost scored a third in the 75th minute with a deft shot, but Krul was able to tip it away for a corner.
But Krul couldn’t stop the former Liverpool midfielder’s 82nd-minute strike, hit first-time from more than 25 yards.
On the Davies incident, Pardew said: “I’m still waiting for an explanation.
“The ball was going in the net, and he stuck an arm out.
“All our players have reacted. From the second they went up and scored. I’m aggrieved about the decisions.”
Pardew, however, conceded Swansea were the better team, adding: “In all honesty, Swansea played terrific, and we weren’t good enough to cope at times.
“In the second half, we pushed, and when you push you need decisions to got your way – we’ve had two decisions go against us.”
Gouffran admitted Newcastle were not at their best before the break, but he was aggrieved at the decisions that didn’t go United’s way in the second half.
“We’re very disappointed,” Gouffran said. “We didn’t play very well in the first half, but the game changed with the decisions.
“I think it was a penalty from Loic. I think it was a penalty on me, because the guy pushed me when I touched the ball. From then it was difficult for us, and we lost.”
SWANSEA: Vorm, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, B Davies, Canas, de Guzman, Pozuelo (Routledge 84), Shelvey, Hernandez (Lamah 71), Vazquez (Dyer 29). Subs not used: Amat, Taylor, Britton, Tremmel. Goals: Dyer 45, Debuchy 66og, Shelvey 81
NEWCASTLE: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson (Yanga-Mbiwa 77), Coloccini, Santon (Haidara 56), Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi (Obertan 67), Remy. Subs not used: Anita, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett. Booked: Debuchy, Haidara
Att: 20,457. Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
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