Wednesday 24 May 2017

Toon lacking ruthless streak

BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 NEWCASTLE UTD 0

Mark Staniforth

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hailed his side's defensive display against Blackburn at Ewood Park but admitted his disappointment at failing to grab all three points.





Fabricio Coloccini brought a brilliant save out of Paul Robinson and Peter Lovenkrands hit the post, but the goalless stalemate consigned last week's 4-4 draw with Arsenal to distant memory.

"I'm pleased with that after the performance against Arsenal," Pardew joked. "A dull game is just what we needed. It's tinged with disappointment because our performance was really excellent.

"The only disappointment was around the final third. Perhaps we should have worked their 'keeper a bit harder."

Rovers boss Steve Kean sought solace in the fact that his side snapped their recent run of defeats, but admitted they had not done enough to claim all three points. "In the last three games we've been getting double-figure shots on goal but today it wasn't our day and we will have to respect a point," Kean said.

The point came at a price for Rovers with both Roque Santa Cruz and Junior Hoilett forced off at the break with minor injuries, Santa Cruz feeling the groin strain which kept him out of recent games.

"Roque felt the injury but it's only a small one. We've got a good break now so he can get some extensive treatment," Kean added.

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