Pardew: We were tough to watch – and fans could have gone home

HARD TO WATCH ... Pardew.
HARD TO WATCH ... Pardew.

ALAN Pardew said he wouldn’t have blamed Newcastle United’s fans for leaving Turf Moor at the break – as the first half had been hard to watch!

The club’s 4,000 travelling supporters saw their team claim a point from a 1-1 draw against Burnley last night.

Newcastle struggled in the first half against Sean Dyche’s side, and trailed after George Boyd’s 34th-minute opener.

But half-time substitutes Remy Cabella and Steven Taylor both had an impact as United got themselves back in the game, with Papiss Demba Cisse’s 48th-minute goal earning a hard-fought point.

“It was hard to watch, that first half,” admitted Pardew.

“Burnley closed the game down – they don’t want you to open the pitch up – and you have to take more risks than we did in that first half.

“Sometimes, particularly in the Premier League, you need to take risks.”

Asked what he said at the break, Pardew added: “I wasn’t angry, I just felt we’d lost our verve to get on the ball and put people under pressure.

“It was a much better game second-half – I was pleased to see our fans had stayed!

“The last 20 minutes of the first half was tough to watch.”