Defeat is blow to Newcastle’s confidence, says United boss Alan Pardew

MY BALL ... Arsenal's Theo Walcott (left) and Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini (right) battle for the ball.
MY BALL ... Arsenal's Theo Walcott (left) and Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini (right) battle for the ball.

ALAN Pardew has admitted Newcastle United’s fragile confidence took a battering at the Emirates Stadium.

Pardew’s side were beaten 7-3 by Arsenal after a late capitulation.

And 15th-placed Newcastle, just three points above the Premier League’s relegation zone, must now pick themselves up for Wednesday’s home game against Everton, beaten 2-1 at home by Chelsea yesterday.

“They were disappointed in the dressing room, of course,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“You don’t want a scoreline like that – confidence will be affected.

“We can’t get away from it, but there’s no point in hiding from it.

“I’ve told them to come out on Wednesday night, and be strong.

“We will have to make sure we don’t put the ball at risk like we did at Arsenal, and make sure we win the game.”

Pardew – whose side were beaten 4-3 at Manchester United on Boxing Day – resisted the temptation to have a full-scale inquest into the defeat in the dressing room at the Emirates Stadium.

And he feels tiredness, while not an excuse, was a factor.

“I didn’t think that was appropriate,” he added.

“It must be hard for Newcastle fans to look at that scoreline, but you really had to be there on the night.

“The last 20 minutes was a team that hadn’t had a game this week, and another team that played on a sodden pitch in Manchester, and worked their hearts out.

“We have had to work really, really hard, and the scoreline doesn’t really reflect what went on.”