Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has stated that his team’s 1-0 defeat to Brighton at the weekend had nothing to do with reports that his players were jaded after a training camp in Tenerife during the week.
The Tyneside club travelled to the Spanish island to conduct some warm weather training after their 5-2 defeat against Fulham last weekend, but reports indicate that some of the players were let off the leash to enjoy the social scene of the notorious party island.
Pardew however does not feel this was a factor in their defeat at The American Express Community Stadium.
“I don’t think there is any correlation with that at all, to be honest,” he told Mirror Football.
Despite the cup exit, Pardew’s men are still in an excellent position in the league, and the coach is prioritising this, especially once he gets a number of his senior first-team players back available again.
“We knew the Brighton game was important with the core of our team coming back.
“We knew if we could get through this one then with [Fabricio] Coloccini, Cheik [Tiote], Demba [Ba] and Papiss [Cisse] coming back it would arm us, but unfortunately it’s just got away from us.
“It’s a bit of a cliche but we are in a good position in the league and we need to strengthen that now by getting a result at Blackburn and hopefully against Aston Villa too,” he finished.
By Gareth McKnight