NUFC boss pleased with performance in West Brom draw

TERRIFIC ... Elliot saves from Shane Long.
TERRIFIC ... Elliot saves from Shane Long.

ALAN Pardew says his Newcastle United side did their talking on the pitch at The Hawthorns.

Pardew and his players went into Saturday’s game against West Bromwich Albion under intense pressure in the wake of their dismal Tyne-Wear derby defeat.

And Pardew insisted he got the response he wanted from his team, who claimed a point from a 1-1 draw.

The result stretched the gap between the club and the Premier League’s relegation zone to six points – though third-from-bottom Wigan Athletic have a game in hand – and Pardew was pleased with the attitude and application on the pitch.

United were dominant before the break – Yoan Gouffran put them into the lead – but West Brom fought back in the second half and levelled through Billy Jones.

“We did what we had to do in terms of on the pitch,” Pardew told SportMail.

“It wasn’t about talking – it had to come out in the performance.

“We were tired (against Sunderland), but there was more energy in the team and more discipline.

“We were excellent in the first half, we should have had two goals really.

“There were some lovely moments, particularly from (Yohan) Cabaye, his passing was good.

“There was a great chance for Papiss (Demba Cisse), and I thought we might rue it because the pitch was also difficult.”

Pardew felt Steven Taylor and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, his defensive partner, played particularly well after the break along with goalkeeper Rob Elliot under a “bombardment” from Steve Clarke’s reinvigorated team.

“In the second half, West Brom bombarded us, and were more direct than any team we’ve faced,” added Pardew.

“We stood up to that with Steven Taylor and Mapou.

“Rob Elliot was particularly terrific.

“We should have done better on their goal, but overall I’m pleased because it’s a tough place to get a point.”