James Perch suspension adds to Newcastle United’s problems

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NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew was left incensed after James Perch was dismissed on reserve duty yesterday – landing a three-game first-team ban.

Perch was sent off in yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at the Magpies’ Benton training ground.

The defender – watched by Pardew – reacted angrily to being kicked off the ball by temperamental midfielder Ravel Morrison a minute before half-time.

Referee Ross Joyce sent both players off, and 25-year-old Perch (pictured) – who has had a frustrating first season on Tyneside – will now miss Premier League games against Aston Villa (April 10), Blackpool (April 23) and Liverpool (May 1).

Gabriel Obertan’s second-half brace won the game for Manchester United, with Michael Richardson pulling one back for a Newcastle side which included Steven Taylor, Tim Krul and Shefki Kuqi.

Reserve coach Peter Beardsley would not be drawn on Perch’s dismissal, but he felt there were positives to take from the defeat: “It could have gone either way. Without being negative, it’s not always about winning.

“They battled hard, but I thought they were a little more streetwise than us in terms of knowing how to play the game, and slowing the game down in terms of gamesmanship. As a coach, that’s frustrating, especially at our level. At the top level, it’s always been part of the game. They were clever.”

Beardsley praised the performances of youngsters Greg McDermott and Jeff Henderson.