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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Pardew: Belief got us Goodison point

Kristan Heneage

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said he believes a change in attitude helped his team to salvage a point at Goodison Park on Monday night.

Pardew saw the Magpies twice level the scores to secure a 2-2 draw, and told the Evening Chronicle: "We just lacked belief [in the first half]. You cannot enter any games lacking belief.

"I knew changing the belief at half-time was the key ingredient. Half-time gave me a chance to put belief in the team. In the second half we gave a good account of ourselves, and not many teams will twice come back here with the players we have missing."

With striker Demba Ba - who was left on the bench - voicing his discontent after the game, Pardew said he felt an angry player could often give a better performance.

"Demba scored two great goals for us and we then looked like a team which could compete at this level," he said. "With the spirit and endeavour, we probably deserved it.

"Ba could have had a hat-trick. Sometimes players play well when they are angry, and he played well. I cannot keep everybody happy in this group of players, and we still have one or two who did not get on.

"It is a juggling act for me as a manager, and I have to get it right. Ba changed the face of the game. He gave us the mentality that we could win the game."

Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez praised his manager's half-time team talk and said he felt both sides were worthy of a point.

"The manager was not happy," he said. "In the first half, we had a tactic and we changed it. It was a good point, and we had opportunities in the second half to win. In the first half, they were better, but in the second half I think we did better than them."

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