Half-time team-talk was vital – Pardew

STANDING ROOM ONLY ... Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew watches  the action from the stands as he serves a touchline ban.
STANDING ROOM ONLY ... Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew watches the action from the stands as he serves a touchline ban.

ALAN Pardew admitted he had to inject some much-needed “belief” into his Newcastle United side after a desperate first-half performance at Goodison Park.

Pardew’s injury-hit team trailed Everton 1-0 at the break to a goal from Leighton Baines after a dismal half.

But 45 minutes later they left the field with a valuable point after a dramatic 2-2 draw, with substitute Demba Ba coming off the bench to net twice.

Pardew – who watched the game from the stand because of a two-game touchline ban – had a lot of work to do at the break, with David Moyes’s side having been in total control.

“We just lacked belief – you can’t enter any games lacking belief,” Pardew told Gazette.

“I knew changing the belief at half-time was the ingredient. Demba got two great goals for us, and we looked like a team that could compete at this level.

“With the spirit and endeavour, we probably deserved it.”

Pardew conceded United were fortunate to only trail by one goal at the interval.

“Sometimes you have to show the spirit,” he said.

“You go back to Arsenal, and we were four goals down that time. We lost our way. We lost our way (at Everton), and it was lucky it was only 1-0. That was my message to the players.

“We didn’t come here to get a draw – we came to give it a go. That’s what our fans, and our owner, wants to see.

“Half-time gave me a chance to put some belief in the team. I knew I needed to change that attitude, because the first half was as bad as we have been since I’ve been manager of this team.

“We have got great spirit, and we showed that last night. That could be a massive, massive result for us.”