Premier League

November 17, 2012


Newcastle United

1 - 2

Swansea City

Premier League

15:00 +00:00, November 17, 2012

St James' Park, England

Pardew bemoans bad luck

Alan Pardew was digging in for a scrap after seeing Newcastle slip to a second successive Premier League defeat at St James' Park.

Six days after succumbing tamely to West Ham, the Magpies were largely outplayed by Swansea before slipping to a 2-1 defeat which left them in the bottom half of the table, a far cry from last season's high-flying heroics.

A philosophical Pardew said: "You have to understand that in a managerial career at any football club, you are going to have some times when things don't go for you. Now we have had a week where it really has conspired against us in a lot of ways.

"Jonas was so close. We were deciding on whether to play him yesterday and we felt with the injury he had, it was too risky, so he was very, very close.

"Then we had Papiss taken away from us, we had Shola [Ameobi] only arriving yesterday afternoon [from international duty with Nigeria], so we had a lot of things that didn't work for us this week.

"Of course it's a concern, you don't want to lose and home game and we have lost two on the trot. But when you have a difficult period like we are having, you need your senior players in and around you and we haven't got them.''

Cisse's absence was particularly galling with the Magpies issuing a withering attack on both the Senegal federation and FIFA after it became apparent that Cisse would not play.

Pardew said: "We kept getting promised that the decision was going to be overturned and that Senegal were going to let Papiss play, but we kept waiting and waiting and it was at about 1.40pm that we finally found out that wasn't going to happen.

"It did affect our preparation. Him missing today was a blow to us. We didn't feel we did anything wrong and he should have played.''

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup was understandably delighted by his team's performance, which saw them leapfrog their hosts into 10th place.

He said: "It was the best away performance this season, including QPR and Liverpool. To come here and play Newcastle at a moment when we knew Newcastle really needed a win because they think they belong much higher than they are now after a home loss to West Ham a week ago, we knew it would be really difficult for us.

"But we put on a great performance. We can always discuss what is a big goal chance, but without my Swansea glasses, I think I can say we created at least eight or nine quite big chances, and that's very difficult to do as an away team against a team like Newcastle's.''

The Magpies will attempt to book their place in the knockout stage of the Europa League on Thursday night when Maritimo head for St James', but domestic matters are becoming a major concern amid a run of seven Premier League games and just one win.

Scoring Summary

Newcastle United Swansea City
Demba Ba (90')Michu (58')
 Jonathan De Guzman (87')