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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew content with performance despite goalless draw with Swansea

The Magpies manager also hailed the defensive work of the Welsh outfit, with goalkeeper Michel Vorm once again in top form to deny top goalscorer Demba Ba throughout

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had no complaints about his team's performance in the 0-0 draw against Swansea on Saturday, applauding their opponent's defensive efforts.

The Magpies have now failed to record a victory in their last five games, which has seen them drop to seventh place in the Premier League after an explosive start to the campaign.

However, Pardew refused to blame his player's for the goalless draw, indicating he was happy with their display, and praising Swansea's team spirit.

The 50 year-old said: "I really can’t complain too much about my side. We started ok which was the aim and put them under pressure and forced errors.

"The first half was our better half for sure, we got in behind and we created chances and put balls in the box but they haven’t keep seven clean sheets for nothing.

"There’s a good spirit in the Swansea team. Although they didn’t keep possession as they would have liked today, they defended very well.

"Their goalie [Michel Vorm] looked very strong and everything we tried to do today they seemed to have an answer.

"Having said that a little break here and there we may have got the goal and I think we would have won this game and got Swansea to come out a little bit.

"Overall I’m actually not that disappointed, I thought we played well today."

The former West Ham boss also noted that the return of a number of key player's to the starting XI boosted the team.

He added: "I thought [Davide] Santon did well at left-back, I thought he linked well with Jonas [Gutierrez]. I thought Cheick [Tiote] being back in the side was a massive boost plus [Fabricio] Coloccini and we looked more like ourselves today.

"I don’t need to lift them, I really don’t. I think as professionals you know if you played well and if you haven’t.

"They played well today in my opinion and we looked a strong side and on another afternoon if one of those goals goes in in the first half, I could be sitting here telling a very different story. But at the same time you have to pay tribute to the opposition, they defended very well."

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers was also pleased with his side's defensive display, claiming he always knew that the Sports Direct Arena would be a difficult place to pick up a result.

He said: "It was a fantastic performance from our team. It was always going to be a very difficult game coming here when Newcastle have had such a terrific start to the season.

"When there’s 50,000 passionate Geordies it’s always going to be a difficult place to come. I thought the players showed wonderful resilience today and to get our eighth clean sheet in 16 games.

"It shows that it’s a myth that we can’t defend and are only a passing team. It shows how hard they are in terms of their organisation without the ball.

"Our clean sheet record is very much a team ethos. The template of our game is organisation. Without the ball everyone has a responsibility and that gets tested severely at place like here."

Before kick-off, Welsh opera singer Gwyn Hughes Jones led a tribute to former Newcastle midfielder Gary Speed, who died last month, which included a rendition of Bread of Heaven followed by mass applause, and Pardew admitted the tribute raised the hairs on his neck.

He added: "I thought it was the chance for the Geordie folk to show their respect for Gary and love for him and they did that and in a really magical way. It was hairs on the back of your neck stuff. I’m sure is family were very pleased about that."

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