Newcastle’s discipline spot on

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted that he was happy with his side’s discipline in their 1-0 win over QPR on Sunday.

Leon Best scored the only goal of the game at the Sports Direct Arena, ruining Mark Hughes’ first match in charge of the Loftus Road outfit.

Pardew was pleased with his side’s efforts after the game and spoke of an accomplished performance by the Tyneside team.

“We were disciplined with the goal that we had and tried to look for another,” The Magpies’ boss told Sky Sports.

“And then in the last period of the game we were just seeing it out really, it was a nice disciplined performance from us.

“The most pleasing part was the second half when we took a grip of the match and didn’t really open the game up,” he stated.

The only downside for Pardew and Newcastle was an ankle injury to Yohan Cabaye, but the home team’s coach has stated that it doesn’t look serious.

“It was a strong challenge, but Shaun Derry is a player who makes strong challenges. The referee was right on top of it.

“I thought it was borderline yellow/red, but I think probably it was a yellow. He seemed to get the ball.

“There always controversy about tackling. It’s very, very difficult for referees, so I am not going to sit here and criticise that decision.

“But Yohan was upset. He felt it was probably a little bit over-exuberant, but the doctor thinks he is going to be okay,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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