BEATEN Newcastle boss Alan Pardew felt David Silva was the difference between the Magpies and Manchester City last night.
Pardew’s side enjoyed the better of the Capital One Cup fourth round tie until Silva’s introduction midway through the second half.
The Spain international enlivened City, who had struggled to find any fluency going forward, and extra-time goals from Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko steered the visitors home 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals, where they will face Championship club Leicester.
“You need to score on your good periods,” Pardew said.
“The second half was a little bit different, especially when Silva came on.
“They started probing a little bit more.
“We still defended very, very well. We had a couple of great chances.
“We’re obviously disappointed not to score. We played well enough to warrant a goal and I couldn’t ask more from the players,” he said.
“The performance level was really high but it was a hard match so it’s a shame we didn’t get our noses in front.
“We had a really big, big chance at the start of extra time and that first goal is critical at that point because people are getting tired and it’s very difficult to claw it back.
“Unfortunately for us they scored it.”
Pardew – who made five changes to his starting XI – was heartened by his team’s reaction to Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby defeat to Sunderland.
Midfielder Moussa Sissoko – who started in an unfamiliar role on the right side of midfield – won praise from Pardew.
Sissoko had been substituted at the break at the Stadium of Light after an anonymous performance.
“I thought the players who came in played well,” he said. “Moussa also had a good game, and I felt that was important.
“He got substituted in the last two games. We went down to 10 men against Liverpool, and he got substituted again against Sunderland.
“I think it was important that Moussa played well.”
Next up for the Tynesiders are Chelsea at home on Saturday and Tottenham away on November 10.
Pardew added: “In the last three games, the performance level has been high.
“You have periods you don’t dominate as much as you’d like, but the performance level was still high.
“If you looked at us, you’d say not in bad form.
“We’re in a difficult run of games, there’s no doubt about that. We’ve got two tough fixtures in the next two games.”
NEWCASTLE: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara (Dummett 46) (Ben Arfa 81), Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Shola Ameobi (Cabaye 67), Gouffran, Cisse. Subs not used: Remy, Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi. Booked: Tiote, Debuchy, Cabaye.
MAN CITY: Pantilimon, Richards (Zabaleta 83), Boyata, Lescott, Kolarov, Garcia, Rodwell (Silva 64), Navas, Jovetic (Negredo 10), Milner, Dzeko.
Subs not used: Hart, Nasri, Fernandinho, Demichelis. Booked: Garcia, Silva. Goals: Negredo 99, Dzeko 105
Att: 33,846. Ref: Neil Swarbrick (Lancs).