Published On: Mon, Nov 12th, 2012

Pardew rues lack of cutting edge

Alan Pardew has admitted he and his Newcastle United side are frustrated that after losing 1-0 at home to West Ham United.

The Magpies failed to break down a stubborn Hammers team who claimed the three points after a solitary strike from former Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan.

Pardew rued the lack of quality his side showed after missing out on the chance to go seventh in the Premier League.

He refused to attribute the lacklustre performance to their Europa League game in midweek as he made a number of changes for the 2-2 draw against Club Brugge on Thursday night.

‘We lacked imagination’

“We are kicking ourselves. It was the West Ham performance we knew we were going to get but what we lacked was the verve and imagination to unlock them,” said Pardew in a post-match interview.

“We had eight or nine shots but none with any purpose or quality. Newcastle at home must score one, two, three or maybe 4 and we got none today.

“It’s nothing to do with our European game, we made lots of changes and the team was fresh, but we didn’t do ourselves justice in the first 30 minutes. We didn’t come alive until they scored and that is not good enough.”

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- I was the first writer to begin writing for Touchline Talk when it was founded in August 2011. I moved up to the position of editor in October 2011 and became Chief Editor in November 2012. I am a lifelong Arsenal fan and enjoy nothing more than seeing Spurs failing year upon year to grab a Champions League spot!