ALAN Pardew admitted he gambled – and lost – in the Tyne-Wear derby.
Adam Johnson condemned Newcastle United to a fourth successive derby defeat today.
Johnson’s dramatic 90th-minute strike gave Sunderland a 1-0 win at St James’s Park.
United had dominated the second half, and manager Pardew had thrown on an extra striker – Papiss Demba Cisse – for defensive midfielder Cheik Tiote with 15 minutes left in an attempt to force a breakthrough.
It wasn’t a move without risk – and it backfired.
Less than a minute after Moussa Sissoko forced a fingertip save from goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, Johnson netted.
Sunderland substitute Will Buckley headed away the resulting Newcastle corner and raced upfield to set up Johnson.
And Pardew – whose side have lost their last three league and cup games – admitted his team committed too many bodies forward late in the game.
“We were much more controlled in the second half,” said Pardew.
“We started to play, started to cause them problems and created chances after chances, but the longer you go on in those games, you know that there is a risk.
“We couldn’t get the goal, as much as we tried to form a goal.
“Whichever way you want to look at that, you’re always liable to over-commit, and if there was one fault, it was probably over-committing in the end period of the game.
“You have to be disciplined at that stage, particularly with the history of this fixture, as Sunderland have caught us on the break before and won games, and they did it again.”
Meanwhile, defender Steven Taylor left St James’s Park with several stitches in a head wound after colliding with the goalpost.
Taylor crashed against the post after heading the ball off the line.
“I think he’s OK,” said Pardew. “Steven is hurting, physically and mentally I should think. He had two stitches.”