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Alan Pardew: Swansea City 'experience' the key to win over Newcastle United

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew

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ALAN Pardew made the tenuous claim that Swansea City's "experience" had been key after Newcastle United were humbled at St James' Park this weekend.

Michael Laudrup fielded a team which included teenager Ben Davies, untried goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel and full debutant Itay Shechter.

Six members of Swansea's starting XI were playing on Tyneside for the first time, while not one member of the visiting line-up could be described as a seasoned Premier League player.

Yet Pardew reckoned a lack of top-flight nous was central to Newcastle's second successive home defeat.

The Toon were without Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez through injury, while Fabricio Coloccini was suspended and Papiss Cisse missed out because of a row over his failure to turn up for international duty with Senegal last week.

That meant youngsters like Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson started for United, but there were still plenty of older heads in the home line-up.

"We were missing a lot of senior players," Pardew moaned. "There was a lot of inexperience on the pitch.

"I can't fault the application of the players. They did their best against a good Swansea side who had a lot more experience than we did.

"When you are having a difficult period like we are having, you need your senior players around, and we haven't got that."

Pardew reckoned Newcastle did a decent job of stifling Swansea, even though Laudrup's men scored twice and might have managed even more.

Michu broke the deadlock with his eighth of the season just before the hour, and the points were all but sealed three minutes from when Jonathan de Guzman rifled home from an awkward angle.

Demba Ba's stoppage-time header gave Newcastle hope, but Swansea held on for a rousing success.

"Up until they scored I thought we did a pretty good job," added Pardew, whose team were booed off by sections of the home crowd at the end.

"The work-rate of the team was fantastic, but probably the most disappointing thing was the way we reacted after going behind.

"We chased the game a little bit and then conceded a second.

"We did a lot of things right in the game — we didn't let Swansea play and we pressed them everywhere we could — but in the last third we were a little disappointing."

Newcastle are furious over the Cisse situation, after Senegal blocked him from facing Swansea because he did not join up with their squad last week.

"In a managerial career at any club you are going to have some things that are going to go against you, and we have had a week where a lot of things have conspired against us," Pardew said.

"But our performance was better than against West Ham (nine days ago) and we were unlucky not to score before Swansea did.

"If we'd done that, we would have been in good shape to win the game."

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  • cyril392  |  November 20 2012, 1:23PM

    Just like to add my tuppence-worth to what's already been said: 1. for Pardew to take the Cisse incident as his primary line of defence on MOTD was poor to say the least. Is that the best he could come up with? 2.the Newcastle goal should have been disallowed: after the ball comes back off the bar, a Newcastle player (I think it's Taylor) clearly holds Tremmel down by both shoulders, so preventing him getting back to his feet for the Ba header. Another good spot by the officials (not -see below). 3. If Hangelaand's or Adebayor's challenges were red cards, Suarez should have been deported for his challenge on Wigan's Jones on Saturday - a real potential leg-breaker as it was the Wigan player's standing leg he studded. Anyone who's played the game knows that a leg carrying all the body-weight has nowhere to go when hit in this fashion - and that's when breaks often occur. When players are in mid-air, they just roll out of the challenge by "doing a Nureyev" - looks bad but is usually far less dangerous. The upshot of Suarez not being given the automatic 3-match ban he so richly deserved, is that he is almost certain to be on the field of play on Sunday against the Swans, instead of watching. Citing players afterwards is another rugby innovation that football should adopt. 4. If anyone thinks we have benefitted from decisions made by officials this season, they should have been at the 2 homes games v Sunderland; and Everton. The "PL management" were poor/biased in the Sunderland game; but against Everton (who to be fair, played very well) their level of performance if applied to many other professions would have been deemed a sackable offence for gross misconduct. The bias was truly appalling. PL conspiracy theory against "the Welsh club" anyone?

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  • KP287  |  November 19 2012, 10:36PM

    I think Michael Laudrup has found his best club and we have found our best manager for some time.

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  • Hadoken_1337  |  November 19 2012, 3:29PM

    Let them carry on making weak excuses, it makes us a better and stronger club. The reality is swansea is probably the best club in the league based on raw talent and management. Where other clubs buy success and get into debt, swansea has been built on big aspirations and a small budget budget, which has made us the real deal.

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  • Leeboi  |  November 19 2012, 3:11PM

    Glass of water for Mr Pardew please...think he's finding that bitter pill very hard to swallow :o) Gargle...then repeat after me...WE WERE BEATEN BY THE BETTER SIDE!!

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  • morton1947  |  November 19 2012, 12:45PM

    Why don't people ever give us the credit we deserve . .we wouplayed them and outgunned them all over he park and should have wond by more that just a single goal. Mark Lwarenson is another one who hates to see Swansea Winning. It's about time they all gave us the credit when we deserve it as they are quick to bemoan us if we are not up to par. Well done Swansea and let's get ready to hopefully send Brendarn Rodgers away empty handed again !!!

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  • brochadav  |  November 19 2012, 10:12AM

    I read that Pardew claims they followed all the correct procedures in reporting Cisse's injury to FIFA and Senegal. It doesn't change the fact that Pardew is grasping for excuses though. Let him clutch at straws, let everyone treat Swansea the same way. I don't care, they keep writing us off, disrespecting what our magnificent club has, and still is, achieving. They keep doing it but we keep improving, we grow stronger n the back of their ignorance.

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  • confused67  |  November 19 2012, 9:59AM

    Nail on the head GorseinonJoe. Why should we care about other peoples comments, the proof of the pudding will be when we finish in the top nine, like I predicted at the start of the season. Then they will say that luck was on our side and the referees favoured us. As we all know, a lot of the results in the premier league have been favoured by the fact that a lot of the divers being denied free kicks and penalties, has influenced results.

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  November 19 2012, 9:40AM

    Pardew is grasping at straws in his comments, a manager under pressure will always look to cover his back and his comments show he is under pressure. The situation with Cisse was a classic example of how BIG some Premier teams think they are. Newcastle United did not feel they needed to follow the rules and Senegal insisted on Cisse missing the Swans game because Newcastle didn't see it necessary to tell the FIFA registered country that he was injured, no doubt in the hope that he would be ready to play against the Swans. We have been listening to Premiership managers, pundits, experts and former players of how the Swans don't have the "experience" in the Premiership and, if the truth be told, they feel we have no right to be in the Premiership because we are a Welsh club and small compared to some. Southanpton are ok because of Le Tisier, QPR are ok because they are a London club, Norwich are ok because they have Delia. Pardew, you, like a lot of other managers would choke if you gave the Swans the respect they deserve, so you will get all you deserve when you join the dole queue.

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