ALAN Pardew insisted there were more positives than negatives to come from Newcastle United’s 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat at Old Trafford.
Goals from Anderson and Tom Cleverley booked Manchester United a fourth-round tie at Chelsea.
With Newcastle trailing 2-0, Papiss Demba Cisse came off the bench to spark Pardew’s side into life.
The striker headed a cross from fellow substitute Shane Ferguson home and hit the crossbar in his half-hour cameo.
However, Pardew’s side couldn’t conjure up an equaliser and bowed out of the competition against a Man United team which included international stars Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez.
“I’m disappointed for the club, because I think we deserved something, if I’m honest,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“I’m very happy with the performance, especially individually.
“Fergie (Shane Ferguson) came on and changed the game with that left foot of his.
“It was something we need in the first team – he needs to push on now.
“(Haris) Vuckic could have got the goal of the season with his ability.
“Bigi (Gael Bigirimana) came on and sprayed it around.
“I could talk about positives all night – Tav (James Tavernier) was solid. He needs to work on his final pass, but he’ll get that and play for this football club, for sure.”
Cisse was stripped and ready to come on as Cleverley made it 2-0 to Man United – Anderson’s goal came a minute before the break – and Pardew was frustrated at the timing of the home side’s goals.
“The goals were at an awful time for us – two minutes before half time and just as I’m about to try and change the game by introducing a big-hitter,” he added.
“They got a second, and that was disappointing.”