Newcastle United lacked the knock-out punch says Alan Pardew

BEATEN: Arsenal take the lead with a goal from Laurent Koscielny. Picture by FRANK REID
BEATEN: Arsenal take the lead with a goal from Laurent Koscielny. Picture by FRANK REID
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NEWCASTLE United have lacked the “punch” to knock out teams because of the club’s injury problems, according to manager Alan Pardew.

Pardew’s side lost 1-0 to Arsenal at St James’s Park yesterday.

Newcastle dominated the first half, but couldn’t press home their advantage.

And Laurent Koscielny claimed all three points for the visitors after the break.

Pardew sent on Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux and Adam Campbell in the second half, but they couldn’t influence the outcome.

“Really and truly, it was a shame we didn’t have a bit more punch from the bench in terms of a Shola (Ameobi) or a (Moussa) Sissoko, but that’s the story of our season,” Pardew said.

“We’ve had players missing in every game. In the first half, we were terrific.

“We played with a lot more composure, but we needed to score. We needed that first goal.

“They had one good little spell after half time and got a goal.

“It was always going to be difficult, but we gave a great account of ourselves.”