ALAN Pardew said sent-off Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko “lost his mind” at Upton Park.
Sissoko was dismissed for two quick-fire yellow cards in the club’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham United.
Aaron Cresswell scored the only goal of a niggly game in the 56th minute to bring an end to Newcastle’s six-game winning streak.
Sissoko was sent of with 15 minutes left on the clock for a crude, and needless, challenge on striker Andy Carroll.
Less than a minute earlier Sissoko, wearing the captain’s armband after the earlier withdrawal of Cheik Tiote, had been booked for kicking the ball away after a decision went against him.
Sissoko will now miss Tuesday night’s Premier League match against Burnley at Turf Moor.
“Moussa was frustrated he had not got the free-kick in the box, and then just lost his mind a bit, with kicking the ball away and then in the next incident is just a minute after,” said Pardew.
“It’s not like Moussa, he has been outstanding for us.
“He has to learn from this, but he is not a malicious player, although having seen it on the replay, it does not look good.”
Sissoko had been Newcastle’s form player, and had scored the winner against Queens Park Rangers at Queens Park Rangers a week earlier.
His midfield colleague Jack Colback will also miss the Burnley game through suspension, having been shown his fifth yellow card of the campaign.
Reflecting on the West Ham defeat, Pardew added: “We did not really create the great moment we needed.
“Although we got into some good positions, we could not find the great pass we needed, which we have done in recent weeks.”
The result saw Newcastle, previously fifth, drop down to eighth in the table.
West Ham climbed into fifth place.