ALAN Pardew admitted his Newcastle United side got what they deserved at the Etihad Stadium – nothing.
Manchester City comfortably ran out 4-0 winners on Saturday, with the result deepening the club’s relegation fears.
Newcastle, now three points above the Premier League’s drop zone, were pinned back for much of the first half, and lost possession all too easily.
United trailed at the break to goals from Carlos Tevez and David Silva, and despite a more forceful performance after the break, there was no way back.
And a strike from Vincent Kompany and an own goal saw Pardew’s side lose by a four-goal margin for the second time this season.
“We turned the ball over too easily, and they had wave after wave of attacks – you can’t do that against this team,” Pardew said.
“I really wanted to get my team in at half time, as we weren’t doing ourselves justice.
“We talked about ambition and having belief before the game, but sometimes the opposition knock it out of you.
“(It was) own fault, really, in terms of not putting enough pressure on the ball, not keeping the ball and turning it over. They were knocking on the door.
“Second half, we got a bit of belief into them, and did well for the first 15 minutes. We should have scored.
“Then the third goal came at a good time for them. It was game over.”
City had all but lost their Premier League title before the international break, and Pardew felt Roberto Mancini’s team had a weight lifted from their shoulders.
United, meanwhile, lacked the intensity with which they have played their best football this season.
“They played with no pressure – there isn’t any on them,” he said.
“They’re not going to win the league. I think they know that.
“With Man United winning (at Sunderland), I thought there was a kind of assured, confident feel to them.
“They were really good – you have to say that.”