Alan Pardew believes that although Newcastle didn’t deserve anymore than a point for their efforts against QPR last night, his side can learn multiple lessons from the goalless draw against the Hoops.
The game was the first for Newcastle since their disappointing deadline day, where the club were unable to land a striker and midfielder to replace Joey Barton.
And in a twist of fate, Barton played his first match in a Hoops shirt against his old club last night, and while some predicted a fiery encounter for the controversial star, the match was not a convincing display for either side.
Whilst Pardew insists that he isn’t disappointed with his side’s display, work is needed if Newcastle are going to establish themselves in the top half of the table.
“I’m not disappointed with the point – we didn’t deserve any more,” he said.
“We went with two strikers today and perhaps in hindsight, with the exuberance and the new players they have brought in, maybe I should have helped my central midfield pairing out a little bit more. We struggled there - they dominated that area of the pitch.
“Offensively we never really created enough to warrant winning the game. But on the plus side our defensive display shows what we’ve been doing all season.
“We don’t give much away, we’re very organised and there’s a resilience and spirit in the group which makes it difficult for teams to beat us.
“But being Newcastle we need to threaten the goal more – I’m very much aware of that. Our flair players were all a little off key tonight but that’s the first time.
“Sometimes when you don’t play well you get beaten. We didn’t tonight, I’m happy with that.”
Barton’s move away from Newcastle was a long drawn-out affair, with the 29-year-old finally signing for QPR in the last weekend of the transfer window. Pardew said though that Barton left the club on good terms, and will be a great investment for the west London club.
The manager added: “I wished him well, shook his hand and he’ll be a good player for QPR.
“He’ll play better than he did tonight though – especially at home. He’s a real impact player at home.
“It was a difficult evening for us and Joey was going to be part of that. For us it was about making sure he didn’t get the headlines today and we managed to get that.”
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