Alan Pardew heartened by NUFC display despite stalemate

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew (left), Demba Ba and Fabricio Coloccini (right) during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 26, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew (left), Demba Ba and Fabricio Coloccini (right) during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 26, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

ALAN Pardew was bitterly disappointed that Newcastle United couldn’t force a breakthrough against Swansea City.

But the club’s manager still left Gallowgate following Saturday’s goalless draw heartened by what he saw at both ends of the pitch.

Pardew had called for patience before the game in the belief Brendan Rodgers’s side were capable of frustrating his team.

While Swansea didn’t enjoy much possession, they defended deep and in numbers. And Pardew was grateful that Newcastle’s fans stayed with his players, who created a series of openings in the first half.

“I was thankful to them for that,” Pardew told SportMail.

“There’s nothing worse than a 0-0 - you couldn’t get a manager more against a 0-0 than myself.

“That’s frustrating –52,000 paid their money and didn’t see a goal.

Leading scorer Demba Ba struck the post and forced a fine save out of Michel Vorm in the first half, and his display was another plus for Newcastle.

Pardew said: “The one Demba swivelled on, he had no right to get a shot off, really. He’s in terrific form.”

At the other end, goalkeeper Tim Krul didn’t have a save to make, and the clean sheet he and his team-mates kept was their first since the 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic in late October.

Pardew added: “It was good that their weren’t any (goals) at the other end. We’re thankful for that – it was the first clean sheet in a while.

“We didn’t really have to defend that much, so I’m pleased with that.”

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