Pardew vows to rebuild
Published 01/02/2014 | 22:52
Under-fire Newcastle boss Alan Pardew vowed to soldier on after the exit of star man Yohan Cabaye as derby defeat by Sunderland completed a dreadful week for him.
The 52-year-old, who saw midfielder Cabaye sold to Paris St Germain in midweek and then looked on as owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear failed to sign a replacement, found himself in the firing line as the Black Cats condemned the Magpies to a 3-0 home defeat for the second successive season.
However, asked if he felt let down by the club's hierarchy, he replied: "Listen, when you lose a player of Cabaye's class, you want a replacement. But he didn't arrive and I have to accept what was in my kitty today and going forward.
"For me standing on the sideline today with a team where we were, it would have been nice to have had a player to give us a boost for the second half of the season, but he didn't arrive.
"What else can I say? You can keep asking the question and re-phrasing it, and I have answered it.
"I don't want to answer that question again, if you don't mind. The bottom line is the players I have got, I have got to find a gameplan that is going to work for us."
Home fans among a crowd of 52,280 repeatedly voiced anti-Ashley and Kinnear chants both during and after a demoralising defeat, and one even ran on to the pitch and towards Pardew brandishing his season ticket with the mood turning ever uglier.
Sunderland went ahead with 19 minutes gone when, after Vurnon Anita had tripped Phil Bardsley inside the box, Fabio Borini smashed the resulting penalty high past keeper Tim Krul.
The in-form Adam Johnson made it 2-0 within four minutes after Krul could only parry Jack Colback's deflected effort, his seventh goal in as many games, and Colback made sure 10 minutes from time with the Magpies in disarray.
Pardew said: "Obviously in terms of the league position, we are okay. But today is a blow that is hard to take up here.
"Football and this particular fixture means so much to them and it will scar the season for us, as this defeat always does whether it is for Sunderland or for us.
"But the only thing I can do is prepare the team as best I can for next Saturday, and that's what I will do."
Opposite number Gus Poyet was understandably thrilled with his side's display, which landed them back-to-back Barclays Premier League wins for the first time since April last year and significantly boosted their chances of avoiding relegation.
He said: "What a league this is. We need to keep going.
"Before I said we needed to get safe somehow; now if we don't stay up, it would be a shame because we have done a terrific job until now.
"Now we are in a position where it is in our hands and we need to take it, so I am going to make sure that we do the right things from now until the end of the season."
Poyet reserved special praise for Johnson and debutant Liam Bridcutt, who started just a day after completing his move from Brighton.
The Uruguayan said: "He knows the role perfectly. If there is one person in the world who knows the role I want that player to play, it's Liam.
"Not being able to play Lee Cattermole because he was injured for the last couple of games, it was a relief for me to have Liam in the team.
"I had no doubt about playing him today and giving him a debut because I know that he knows what I want and what is needed in that role."