Alan Pardew took the loss on the chin and his usual considered style wasn’t going to panicked by a result that at the end of the day doesn’t herald the end of the world for Newcastle united.
Newcastle accredited themselves even with a team that reflected a number of personnel changes from those usually present for Premier League duty. One particular positive was the performance of Rob Elliot.
“I’m glad of that, [the recognition from Newcastle fans Elliot is getting], I think he’s come in for a bit of criticism over one game at Nottingham Forest.
“That was actually unfair in my opinion. He’s brilliant in training, and showed that in these games. I’m absolutely delighted for him.”
“Tim’s injury has turned into a positive for us. Harps played brilliantly in the last couple games, and Rob played two games and played brilliantly as well. The situation has been resolved. There’s no doubt we’ve got three great goalies here.”