Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew claimed it felt like a defeat after Asamoah Gyan’s injury time equaliser saw the Magpies drop two points in the Tyne-Wear derby against their fierce rivals Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
After the game Pardew spoke to BBC Radio Newcastle about the dominance of his side, saying: “Of course, it was a game that we controlled for large periods of the game, we had a great attitude, we passed the ball better than them and we could have scored a second goal on the break a couple of times, but at the end we started to get tired, there was a lot of injury time for what went on and they got a break and that’s two points gone away.”
On the second half performance of his side, Pardew claimed: “I thought in the second half we were the better team, I thought that we were well worth our lead, so we’re a bit disappointed at the result and it feels like a defeat when you get a draw and that isn’t a bad thing as it gives you an indication of the level of performance.”
When asked about whether he was disappointed with the number of chances his side created in the second half, Pardew said: “No I thought there were situations, especially when Jose [Enrique] burst through on goal, a couple of time Jose got round the back and delivered some great balls into the box, but there aren't going to be many opportunities in a game like that."
He continued: "But after what happened to them at our place I thought that there was a lot of passion on their part, so you have to match that and I felt that we did that. On the back of a really disappointing week where we let both ourselves and our fans down, the players who came in today were superb with Danny Guthrie who had to come on being as good as anyone on the park”
Pardew was then asked about his side seemingly strolling through the game during the second half, to which he claimed: “You're never coasting at one-nil, I thought that the back four unit was strong again, there wasn’t much for Harper to do and it would have been our third clean sheet in the Premier League, that’s really rare, so we’ll start again at Spurs.”
Finally the Toon gaffer was asked about the fact that his side will end the season unbeaten against their fierce rivals, to which he said: “With four points after two games, we take the banner into the summer, it could have been so much more, but our fans can have some feeling for that if they’re disappointed.
"Our fans outsang them for the majority of the game because we were bossing the game, so we’re disappointed not to win.”