ALAN Pardew felt the controversial sale of Yohan Cabaye – and the unavailability of Fabricio Coloccini and Loic Remy – created a perfect storm for Newcastle in Saturday’s defeat to Sunderland.
“We’ve got no Loic, and I thought that was significant,” Pardew said. “Sunderland must have felt confident coming into the game – no Loic, no Cabaye and no Coloccini. It was a good scenario for them. I think that showed in their play. They were very composed off the back of a good run.”
While Pardew insisted his side was committed, he admitted they were far too “erratic”. “Really and truly, I felt the whole mood of the stadium might have changed with a goal,” said Pardew. “Unfortunately, it went the other way.
“We changed with it, and got very erratic. It’s all well and good putting a tackle in, winning your headers – we competed well with Sunderland – but certainly they had much more composure on the ball.
“That was the difference. Sometimes it’s that extra moment around the box, in which you create a chance or have conviction in a shot. Cheick Tiote’s shot and Shola Ameobi’s header were the only two chances I felt had any conviction.”