NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew admitted Loic Remy will be a huge loss for Newcastle United in Saturday’s Tyne-Wear derby.
The forward was sent off last night after clashing with Bradley Johnson – who was also dismissed – after he was fouled by the midfielder.
And Newcastle have ruled out an appeal, meaning they will be without their 11-goal leading scorer for the games against Sunderland, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Pardew said: “It is a loss. He’s been involved in 41 of our goals. He’s class player.”
With seven-goal Yohan Cabaye set to complete his move to Paris Saint-Germain today, and Papiss Cisse struggling with a back option and Yoan Gouffran also sidelined, Magpies manager Pardew is short of striking options.
However, the club is hopeful of completing the loan capture of Luuk de Jong from Borussia Monchengladbach today.
Remy went head to head with Johnson after he was pushed, and Pardew – who will also be without injured captain Fabricio Coloccini – is unconvinced an appeal would be successful.
Asked if the club would look to overturn Chris Foy’s decision, he said: “I’m not so sure. They hands were raised. The heads came together.
“He hasn’t head-butted him, for sure, but that might be enough.
“Once Johnson did that stupid reaction, when he made out he was head-butted, the crowd went bananas, and I felt sorry for the referee. He only had one decision to make.”
Remy twice struck the woodwork for Newcastle, who dominated the game but just couldn’t find the back of the net.
Pardew said: “He was superb up to then (the red card), as was the whole team. Sammy (Ameobi) was terrific.”
Meanwhile, Norwich manager Chris Hughton confirmed after the game he was minded to appeal the red card shown to Johnson, the initial aggressor.
It was a frustrating end to the night for the visitors, who travelled to Norfolk without key midfielder Yohan Cabaye, set for a £20million switch to Paris St Germain, but should have left with all three points after dominating the first half and hitting the woodwork three times.
Newcastle ought to have taken command of the match after dominating the opening half hour.
Remy’s close-range effort was saved by John Ruddy before Norwich midfielder Johnson kicked a cross onto the post.
France forward Remy then hit the outside of the other upright with a curling 20-yard effort before Hatem Ben Arfa drilled a lovely cross from Sammy Ameobi over the bar.
Newcastle keeper Tim Krul saved a low 20-yard effort from Gary Hooper, before tempers flared as Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass was involved in a heated exchange with home supporters in the City Stand, who then booed their team off at the interval.
Remy was denied by the woodwork again on 59 minutes, when his free-kick crashed against the crossbar. On 77 minutes, Norwich almost snatched the lead when Hooper’s goalbound shot was pushed up onto the crossbar by Krul.
Both sides were reduced to 10 men when Remy and Johnson exchanged pushes before squaring up head-to-head, leaving referee Foy little option but to brandish both a red card.
Snodgrass almost won it at the death when his far-post header was somehow clawed away by Krul.
Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Pilkington (Redmond 71), van Wolfswinkel (Elmander 71), Hooper (Tettey 84). Subs Not Used: Whittaker, Bunn, Garrido, Becchio. Sent Off: Johnson (82). Booked: Fer.
Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Steven Taylor, Santon, Anita, Tiote, Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 75), Sissoko, Sammy Ameobi (Haidara 87), Remy. Subs Not Used: Yanga-Mbiwa, Gosling, Elliot, Dummett, Armstrong. Sent Off: Remy (81). Booked: Sissoko.
Att: 26,762 Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).