ALAN Pardew felt David Silva was the difference between Newcastle United and Manchester City last night.
Newcastle enjoyed the better of the game until Silva’s introduction midway through the second half.
The Spain international enlivened City, who had struggled to find any fluency going forward.
United created a string of first-half chances at St James’s Park.
But Pardew’s side just couldn’t put away their chances in the Capital One Cup fourth-round tie.
And extra-time goals from Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko saw City win 2-0 and reach the quarter finals, where they will face Championship club Leicester City.
“You need to score on your good periods,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“The second half was a little bit different, especially when Silva came on.
“They started probing a little bit more.
“We still defended very, very well. We had a couple of great chances.”
The defeat followed Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby loss to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, and a 2-2 home draw against Liverpool.
And next up are Chelsea at home on Saturday and Tottenham Hotspur away on November 10.
Pardew added: “I thought in the last three games the performance level has been high.
“You have periods you don’t dominate as much as you’d like, but the performance level was still high.
“If you looked at us, you’d say not in bad form.
“The Players who came in did very well. We’ve got to maintain that.
“We’re in a difficult run of games, there’s no doubt about that. We’ve got two tough fixtures in the next two games.”