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Best wins the praise of Pardew

NEWCASTLE United manager Alan Pardew hailed Ireland striker Leon Best for his contribution in Saturday's defeat at home to Everton, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Best put Newcastle in front and could have had a second goal, but that was disallowed for a push by Best on Phil Jagielka, and Pardew felt that the goal should have been allowed to stand.

"I thought he was a little bit unlucky with the equaliser that was disallowed," said Pardew.

"He backed into him, Jagielka. Unfortunately, Leon put his hands up -- I have seen the replay and there's hardly a touch and he has gone down.

"I don't think Jagielka would have stopped it if he had defended it properly, so perhaps he was being smart there.

"But Leon had a good game. He was taken off because he had cramp.

"He has put in some good performances for us."