We were punished

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has stated his side was punished by Sunderland on Sunday in the Tyne-Wear derby.

For the majority of the game Newcastle was the better side, however they was unable to convert their chances.

In the 90th minute Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson eased the ball past the Newcastle goalkeeper to win the game.

Following the game Pardew said “That’s as painful as it gets, to lose in the last minute like that,"

"We were chasing the game a little bit and over committing and we kind of warned the players that Sunderland could score a set play - and we got punished for it.

"But we played well today - on another day, we would have won that. We had good chances, Perez was probably the brightest player on the pitch, but it didn't fall for us.

"We want to win here at St James’ Park. We would take the draw now but if we came off saying we didn’t push for the win, then it would have been disappointing. You kind of need to balance between pushing too hard and maybe we did a little bit.

"I'm not going to criticise any of my players today. They gave everything they could, but it wasn’t to be."


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