ALAN Pardew bemoaned the late defensive lapses which cost Newcastle United at the Britannia Stadium.
Pardew’s side were beaten 2-1 by Stoke City last night.
And the result, United’s fourth successive defeat, left the club dangerously close to the Premier League’s relegation.
Newcastle were leading through a Papiss Demba Cisse goal until Jonathan Walters’ 81st-minute intervention.
Then Kenwyne Jones set up his fellow substitute Cameron Jerome for a winner five minutes from time.
“A couple of mistakes have lost the game for us,” Pardew told the Gazette. “It was a game we deserved to win.
“That’s the sort of season we’re having. We’re not really getting any breaks.
“We’re very much aware that it’s four defeats in a row, and we can’t really complain about some of them.”
Cisse struck in the 47th minute, and was denied a second goal by Asmir Begovic.
“I also thought we should have had a penalty when (Ryan) Shawcross stopped the ball going back to Cisse,” Pardew added.
“There were a couple of errors for the goals, but it was such an improved display.”
Cisse’s struggled to rediscover the devastating form he showed in the second half of last season after joining from Freiburg.
But the 27-year-old looked a different player against Stoke.
Pardew said: “Sometimes it’s just about a bit of confidence.
“We gave him a different role, and some responsibility to score goals. I thought he might come up with a goal without the responsibility of playing him on the side, and he did.
“He was terrific all night.”