Alan Pardew spoke of his bewilderment at the referee's decision to disallow Cheick Tiote's goal against Manchester City.

The African midfielder hit a wonder strike from outside the area after Manchester City's initial attempted clearance from a corner to bring the score back to 1-1, but after consulting his linesman referee Mike Jones decided to chalk off the goal, saying that Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran was blocking the view of Joe Hart, much to the anger of the Newcastle fans, players and manager.

Pardew was heard telling the referee that he his linesman was right and he was wrong as they went off into the tunnel at half time, and he said in his post-match interview:

"For me, this is an entertainment business. The guy's hit a goal that Joe Hart is just not going to save. It goes through a number of bodies but his vision is not impaired.

"I don't think he was clear in his answers about Joe Hart being impaired - I couldn't work that out.

"I don't understand it. Even if Man City's back four is on the edge of the box and we've got four offside, it's such a clean hit, it's going in the top corner.

"He's got that wrong and unfortunately that was a massive call. In these type of games they have got to go your way.

"It was probably easier for him to give the goal and I can't understand why he hasn't.

"We're crying out for entertainment, you hit a goal like that and the place is in uproar, and he's gone on a real tiny technicality, which I think is wrong."

In his anger at the goal being disallowed, Pardew got himself into a confrontation with Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, in which he appeared to swear at the Chilean for which he apologised.

"I apologise for that," Pardew said.

"But he had words with me first and it was just normal for managers that go unseen most of the time.

"We're fine, I shook his hand at the end and I'll see him before I go."

Manchester City ended up winning the game 2-0 and that win brings them to the top of the table, heaping pressure on Arsenal to win their game in hand against Aston Villa on Monday night to regain their leadership of the Barclays Premier League.

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