Pardew: I’m to blame for Malaga defeat!

NEW BOY ... Ayoze Perez.
NEW BOY ... Ayoze Perez.

ALAN Pardew said he was at fault for Newcastle United’s defeat to Malaga – as he got his team wrong.

Pardew’s side were convincingly beaten 3-1 by the Spanish side in a Schalke 04 Cup match in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, this afternoon.

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew

The 53-year-old felt he was wrong to field Ayoze Perez and Adam Armstrong up front – as it meant his starting XI lacked experience.

Pardew, pictured, also felt debutant Remy Cabella and Moussa Sissoko were short of match fitness.

“To be honest, I have to take a lot of the blame myself for that,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“I put two young lads up the top and maybe it was too much inexperience really to cope with a team like Malaga.

“And it was Moussa and Cabella’s first game so, really, I’m kicking myself as I should have put a lot more experience in.

“Having said that, the second half was a lot better, our senior boys came on, and we’re getting there slowly but surely, and it’s nice to see our new boys getting a run out.

“It’s important that our senior players are ready to go. I protected a few today because we have got another game tomorrow (against Schalke 04).

“We haven’t got an abundance of senior players, and I wanted to save some for a tough game tomorrow, so we will have a much more experienced team out.

“But like I say I take full responsibility for that first half, it was probably a bit young.

“The young boys have done well this pre season but their level was probably too high. Malaga were very good.

“But Tim (Krul) and Cheik (Tiote) are to come and maybe another signing to come, and some work for Moussa and Cabella, and Manu (Riviere). We’re getting there.”

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