Pardew admits Newcastle fans could have left after first half horror show

CONCERN ... Pardew at Burnley.
CONCERN ... Pardew at Burnley.

NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew was glad his side’s fans stuck it out at Turf Moor long enough to see Remy Cabella inspire a second-half comeback against Burnley.

The Clarets had much the better of the first half but went into the break just one goal up courtesy of George Boyd’s 20-yard strike.

Pardew admitted he would hardly have forgiven the travelling contingent had they made an early exit, but rewarded their perseverance with a double change at the interval - Cabella for Ayoze Perez and Steven Taylor for Mike Williamson.

Cabella was heavily involved in Newcastle’s 48th-minute equaliser, eventually turned home by Papiss Cisse, and kept Burnley on their toes for the remainder of the match.

“I was pleased to see our fans had stayed for the second half because the last 20 minutes of the first half were tough to watch,” Pardew said.