Hammers didn’t let us play, admits Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew

STOPPED FROM PLAYING ... Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew's verdict.
STOPPED FROM PLAYING ... Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew's verdict.
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ALAN Pardew admitted West Ham United stopped his side playing at St James’s Park.

Newcastle United were beaten 1-0 yesterday – with former midfielder Kevin Nolan scoring the only goal of a disjointed game.

And the result means Sam Allardyce has won his last five Premier League games as manager against his old club, with three of those victories coming after his dismissal in January 2008.

Allardyce’s disciplined and organised team stopped Newcastle playing in the first half, and the home side only got going after Nolan’s 37th-minute goal.

Chance after chance came and went after the break, and even an appearance from goalkeeper Tim Krul in the visiting box for a late corner couldn’t force an equaliser.

“That’s what they’re going to – they’ve been doing that all season,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“They make it difficult for you, they’re aggressive, snap into tackles and they stop the flow.

“They tried to knock (our rhythm) out of us. I can’t fault my players for their endeavour, but we were lacking a bit of quality.”

Nolan scored a tap-in after a wayward shot from Joey O’Brien – who had lost his marker – found him unmarked a couple of yards from goal.

“We’ve conceded a goal we shouldn’t have conceded, in my opinion,” added Pardew.

“Then we played better in the second half. We should have started the game better than we did though.

“In the first 20 minutes we weren’t at our best. We need to get the crowd behind us, and get them involved, and we didn’t.

“We kicked ourselves for going behind. Unfortunately, in the second half, we just couldn’t get a goal, although one of the decisions looks very tight.

“We have to score one or two goals in every home game. It was disappointing.”