ALAN Pardew has backed Steven Taylor to recover from his Manchester City nightmare.
The defender was sent off for violent conduct in Monday night’s 4-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium for flooring Sergio Aguero with his forearm.
Taylor had earlier been fortunate not to concede a penalty after he appeared to handle a shot from Aguero.
The 27-year-old will now sit out the club’s home games against West Ham United and Fulham and the Capital One Cup tie away to Morecambe due to an automatic three-game ban.
Taylor is United manager Pardew’s first-choice to partner captain Fabricio Coloccini in the centre of his defence.
And Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Mike Williamson are vying to line up alongside Coloccini against West Ham at St James’s Park on Saturday in his absence.
Pardew felt Taylor’s actions at City were “out of character”.
The former England Under-21 international, dismissed with the home side leading 2-0, apologised to Pardew and his team-mates at half-time for the red card.
“We all know Tayls is an honest honourable lad,” Pardew told SportMail.
“That was out of character for him. He has apologised and quite rightly so. We had a night at Man City which we’d rather forget.”
Taylor also apologised to United fans on social networking site Twitter the day after the game.
He tweeted: “Sorry to every fan that was there. Let my team down, Gaffa and everybody connected to the club.”
There were few positives to come out of the City defeat, the heaviest in the first round of Premier League games.
Goalkeeper Tim Krul performed well in his first league game and Hatem Ben Arfa was lively on the few occasions he got the chance to run at Manuel Pellegrini’s defence.
Defender Paul Dummett, who came off the bench, also impressed on his league debut.
Pardew also felt midfielder Cheik Tiote, who struggled for form and fitness last season, was “more like his old self”.
“Hatem looked sharp in front of the goal,” said Pardew.
“I thought Cheik Tiote looked more like his old self.”