Burnley 1 Newcastle 1: 'We are Newcastle, we have to take risks,' says Alan Pardew after double substitution pays off

'I wanted to bring on more technically accomplished players,' manager said

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Having needed a double half-time substitution to turn their game around, Alan Pardew argued that Newcastle must always be prepared to take risks in the Premier League.

The Newcastle manager made the changes after a first half Burnley had dominated with George Boyd scoring past Rob Elliot, with whom he used to play school football in Kent, although Elliot did not then play in goal.

“I wanted to bring on more technically accomplished players, there was not a lot of verve on the pitch,” Pardew said after the 1-1 draw. “I told them they needed to get on the ball and play.

“In the first half we played like Burnley wanted us to play. They were tough, they got in among us. I don’t disrespect that - I have played that way myself at times - but we are Newcastle United and we have to take risks. You have to do that if you want to win under-11 matches on a Saturday and we have to keep doing that.”


Pardew joked that he was surprised Newcastle’s supporters stayed for the second half but they were rewarded by a superb display from Remy Cabella. “He has been a slow burn in the Premier League," said his manager. "He is sometimes not a physical player - but here he was an eight-stone Frenchman playing like a rugby forward.”