Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew said he had no complaints about the referee’s decision to award Cheick Tiote a red card in the 25th minute of yesterday’s Tyne-Wear derby.
The majority of Toon fans found the sending off a bitter pill to swallow as the ref awarded Newcastle a free kick for a foul on the midfielder, just before his challenge on Steven Fletcher.
Despite it leaving Newcastle facing a major uphill battle for the rest of the game, the gaffer said he accepted the decision.
Pardew went on to say in his post-match press conference “I have kind of accepted in my mind to accept it. There is absolutely no doubt – and I know Cheick – that he has not tried to do the player, he is just late, if I am honest, and the referee has deemed that a red.”
Tiote’s premature departure may have changed the course of the game, but Newcastle received praise for their resolute defending.
Opposing boss, Martin O’Neill, even accepted post-match that a draw was about the right result as he went onto say “We got the goal and maybe had enough time them to go on and win it, but in the circumstances with Newcastle being down to 10 men and having defended so strongly, that would have been harsh.”
Now the Tyne-Wear Derby is out of the way, Newcastle United are set to turn their attentions to the Europa League and Club Brugge this Thursday night at St James’s Park.
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