Pardew regrets provocative approach to Sunderland bench

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NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew said he regretted his provocative behaviour when he advanced to the Sunderland dug-out brandishing his clenched fist at Martin O’Neill after the home team were awarded a penalty.

The Magpies boss went shockingly overboard in his reaction and when asked directly about it afterwards, admitted he wished he hadn’t.

“I do regret approaching the Sunderland bench the way I did,” he said. “I’ve seen it back on the television and it looks terrible.

“But it was just sheer relief that we looked as though we might get something out of it.

“This is a game in which the pressure is unbelievable and unless you’re a manager or a player for Newcastle you can’t appreciate it. We were 1-0 down to Sunderland with the expectation of 50,000 Geordies on our shoulders.”