Pardew shrugs off Newcastle fans’ chants as ‘normal crowd banter’

Alan Pardew salutes the Crystal Palace fans after last night's draw with Newcastle
Alan Pardew salutes the Crystal Palace fans after last night's draw with Newcastle
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ALAN Pardew brushed off the chants aimed at him by Newcastle United fans at Selhurst Park.

The Tynesiders’ 2,762 travelled supporters chanted against their club’s former manager during last night’s 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.

And the 53-year-old – who endured a miserable final 12 months at St James’s Park before moving to Palace – said: “It was normal crowd banter.

“I have walked away and come here and I enjoy myself here.

“I had a brilliant reception from the (Palace) fans again, and hopefully we can give them a result to cheer about in the cup (against Liverpool) on Saturday. It will be a really great occasion.”

Pardew was hired to keep Palace in the Premier League, and last night’s draw means his team are two places behind 11th-placed Newcastle.

“It was a big point,” said Pardew. “Points are gold dust in the Premier League, so I am pleased.

“I was difficult for us. Newcastle defended well and made it difficult for us and scored with what turned out to be the only shot on target they had.

“t was a great moment for them – a great cross and great finish. They put us on the back foot so I was pleased with our reaction, second half.”

“I thought we really took the game to Newcastle – took a few chances – but really it was the bench that salvaged the game for us.”

Substitute Yannick Bolasie crossed for Fraizer Campbell to cancel out Papiss Cisse’s opener.

Pardew added: “Yannick’s cross was of the highest order, and he had no right to put in a ball of that quality from the room he had.

“It was a great goal for us and gave us time to get a winner – and I thought there would only be one winner at that point – but we could not quite get a second goal.”