ALAN Pardew felt there was pride in defeat for Newcastle United at St James’s Park.
Pardew’s side lost their fourth successive game yesterday - Manchester City won 2-0 - but the outcome could have been very different had it not been for one decision.
With Newcastle trailing to Edin Dzeko’s early goal, referee Mike Jones ruled out a long-range effort from Cheik Tiote in the 34th minute after speaking to linesman Stephen Child.
Jones and Jones felt the offside Yoan Gouffran was interfering with play - despite not being in goalkeeper Joe Hart’s line of vision.
United went on to dominate the rest of the game, but they couldn’t make their chances count - Hart was outstanding in the visiting goal - and Alvaro Negredo added a second goal in injury time.
“We were very, very good, and you have to pay credit to the opposition to win 2-0 in those circumstances,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“It was a great result for them - we played very, very well. I was very proud of the players - they couldn’t have done any more.
“We took the frustration in the right way. We had a bit of vemon about us in the right way.
“We really had a good go, and had some real quality, but unfortunately we’re on the wrong end of a result which was affected by one big, big call.”
There was a verbal exchange between Pardew and Manuel Pellegrini, his City counterpart, after Tiote’s goal was disallowed.
“I apologise for that,” Pardew said. “But he had words with me first, and it was just normal for managers - (it goes) unseen most of the time.
“We’re fine. I shook his hand at the end.”
Pellegrini was unhappy at the decisions Pardew was contesting from the touchline.
“I think it’s impossible to complain about every decision of the referee during the match,” he said.
“I know they were playing at home, and they have an advantage in that sense, but it’s impossible for the referee if you’re complaining at every decision.
“That was my only problem with Alan, but nothing important.”