ALAN Pardew labelled Newcastle United’s defeat at the Liberty Stadium “galling”.
A Luke Moore goal four minutes from time on Saturday gave Swansea City a 1-0 win.
Newcastle – who had been resolute defensively before the break against the Capital One Cup winners – dominated the second-half.
But Papiss Demba Cisse, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran couldn’t convert the chances that came their way.
And Moore, a late substitute, took advantage of a moment of defensive hesitancy to claim all three points for Michael Laudrup’s side.
Pardew felt the loss was as disappointing as any in his tenure given his team’s performance at both ends of the pitch.
“It was absolutely galling – I can’t remember being as disappointed as I am,” Pardew told SportMail.
“It’s difficult to look the players in the eye and say ‘you should’ve done this’ or ‘you should’ve done that’. We almost played the perfect game – and ended up losing.
“It was unbelievable – you could see they’d settled for 0-0. They were quite happy with that.
“Sissoko was powerful in the second-half – he was dominating the game.
“Yohan and Gouffran had fantastic chances. Papiss did too. On another day they’d have gone in.
“Our power and forward players started influencing the game. Cabaye kept setting up attacks. We just didn’t take one.
“In that 20-minute golden period we had, we had three or four massive chances.
“That’s probably what’s cost us the game. We should’ve taken the lead. Had we done that, I’m sure – 100 per cent – we’d have won.”
Pardew felt United stood off Laudrup’s footballing side before the break, and he instructed his players to get tighter in the second-half.
“If you hesitate, and stand off Swansea, they are going to play round you,” he said.
“We needed to be braver. Our full-backs needed to push in. And we were.
“We absolutely bossed the second-half – you couldn’t have asked for a better half in terms of an away performance.
“If we’d have been 1-0 or 2-0 down, you’d have said ‘OK’. But it was 0-0 – we’d done our jobs in the first half.
“In the second-half it was there to be won, and blimey, we couldn’t have done much more.”