Pardew slams sloppy Newcastle defending

DEJECTED ... Alan Pardew looks glum at Craven Cottage.
DEJECTED ... Alan Pardew looks glum at Craven Cottage.

ALAN Pardew blasted the defensive lapse which cost Newcastle United at Craven Cottage last night.

Pardew’s side were beaten 2-1 by Fulham to leave the club in danger of getting dragged into a relegation battle.

If Sunderland beat Reading at the Stadium of Light tonight, Newcastle will be just two points above the Premier League’s bottom three.

A stunning goal from Hatem Ben Arfa early in the second half cancelled out Steve Sidwell’s deflected 19th-minute opener as United looked to be getting on top.

But captain Fabricio Coloccini lost Hugo Rodallega for Fulham’s winner, with the forward heading a Damien Duff free-kick past Tim Krul.

“We keep putting in performances, but not getting what we want,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“It is difficult, but you can’t concede soft goals at this level.

“We can’t blame anyone but ourselves. We’ve got to work on that.

“We conceded a soft second goal when we had the game by the scruff of the neck.

“We were playing well, pushing on, and it was a poor goal.

“Then you’re away from home, and you’ve got to score three goals to win. It’s difficult.”

n THE South Shields Mags are running a coach from the Lord Ashley pub, Stanhope Road, to Newcastle’s Boxing Day game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

To book a seat, contact Kris on 07730 508 362 or Steve on 07896 295 606.

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