YOHAN Cabaye almost let his frustration at Newcastle United’s plight get the better of him at The Hawthorns.
Manager Alan Pardew admits stand-in captain Cabaye let his temper boil over in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion.
Cabaye, on a yellow card, was substituted in injury-time, while Moussa Sissoko also lost his cool as he was booked for a second-half foul.
Relegation-threatened United – looking to put their Tyne-Wear derby defeat behind them – were dominant before the break and took the lead through a Yoan Gouffran header.
But West Brom fought back strongly after the interval, and levelled through Billy Jones in the 64th minute.
And Pardew hopes the players’ energies will be channeled in the right way when Liverpool visit St James’s Park on Saturday.
“I think emotions are running high, and probably will be until the next home game,” Pardew told SportMail.
“We’re just looking to get rid of frustration. I said that to the players.
“Yohan got upset, and I had to take him off because he was booked already.
“We can’t afford to lose players (to suspension).”
Pardew’s squad has been decimated by injuries this season, and Fabricio Coloccini, Cheik Tiote, Tim Krul and Davide Santon were among those missing at The Hawthorns.
“The frustration we’ve got is that we know that our results should have been stronger,” said Pardew.
“Every time we’ve entered games, we’ve lost players. Cheik Tiote was one we lost.
“It’s been tough for us. When you look round and think ‘where are they?’. We’ve had three or four missing every game.”