Alan Pardew urges Newcastle to use Sunderland draw to kickstart season

 

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew urged his players to use their spirited derby display at Sunderland as a platform to belatedly kickstart their season.

The Magpies defended an early lead with 10 men after Cheick Tiote's dismissal until five minutes from time before finally conceding as Sunderland snatched a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.

However, while disappointed not to have returned to Tyneside with a victory which looked to be theirs for the taking, Pardew was confident they could use a gutsy performance as a springboard.

He said: "What can I take from this game? I can't take any negative at all, all I am taking is positives.

"But we spoke in the dressing room about really kicking on now because we have had excuses. We haven't really used them, but we have had injuries and suspensions and we have not really moaned about it.

"But we had our full tape today and it showed. Now we have (Club) Brugge and West Brom and we have got to win those games, we have got to win them."

Newcastle could hardly have got off to a better start when Yohan Cabaye fired them ahead with less than three minutes gone after goalkeeper Simon Mignolet could only block Demba Ba's shot at his near post.

But the visitors' task increased in difficulty with 25 minutes gone when midfield enforcer Tiote was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Steven Fletcher.

Newcastle coped admirably with everything the Black Cats threw at them with skipper Fabricio Coloccini marshalling his team superbly, but they finally cracked with 85 minutes gone.

John O'Shea was allowed to meet Sebastian Larsson's deep free-kick with a glancing header which hit Ba and flew past goalkeeper Tim Krul and into the net.

Pardew said: "It would have been one of the greatest victories, I think, if we had managed to hold on because 60 minutes is a long time with 10 men.

"But towards the end of the game we just started to tire, we couldn't quite keep the ball as we would have liked and then there were perhaps too many crosses coming in."

Opposite number Martin O'Neill too hoped a battling point might prove the catalyst for Sunderland's season, which has seen them win just once in seven Barclays Premier League outings after ending the last campaign without a victory in eight.

He said: "I must admit it was a genuine experience for me. The noise that greeted the kick-off was just awesome, but the noise which greeted our equalising goal was something I seriously won't forget in a hurry.

"It was a tough old game. I just thought our creative players are finding it a bit tough at this minute.

"We just need our creative players to get back to what they are capable of doing, and I am hoping obviously we can rectify that in the next few weeks."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
life
News
news

The party's potential nominations read like a high school race for student body president

Voices
A mother and her child
voices
Voices
The veterans Mark Hayward, Hugh Thompson and Sean Staines (back) with Grayson Perry (front left) and Evgeny Lebedev
charity appealMaverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Arts and Entertainment
Cold case: Aaron McCusker and Christopher Eccleston in ‘Fortitude’
tvReview: Sky Atlantic's ambitious new series Fortitude has begun with a feature-length special
Voices
Three people wearing masks depicting Ed Miliband, David Cameron and Nick Clegg
voicesPolitics is in the gutter – but there is an alternative, says Nigel Farage
News
i100
News
people
Sport
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
footballI have never seen the point of lambasting the fourth official, writes Paul Scholes
Life and Style
Vote green: Benoit Berenger at The Duke of Cambridge in London's Islington
food + drinkBanishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turn over a new leaf
News
Joel Grey (left) poses next to a poster featuring his character in the film
peopleActor Joel Grey comes out at 82
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee