Pardew praises patient fans

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Published: Wednesday 3rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was glad his side’s fans stuck it out at Turf Moor long enough to see Remy Cabella inspire a second-half comeback against Burnley.

The Clarets had much the better of the first half but went into the break just one goal up courtesy of George Boyd’s 20-yard strike.

Pardew admitted he would hardly have forgiven the travelling contingent had they made an early exit, but rewarded their perseverance with a double change at the interval – Cabella for Ayoze Perez and Steven Taylor for Mike Williamson.

The latter stabilised things at the back but it was the number 10 who did most to lift the visitors to a 1-1 draw.

He was heavily involved in Newcastle’s 48th-minute equaliser, eventually turned home by Papiss Cisse, and kept Burnley on their toes for the remainder of the match.

The former Montpellier playmaker has largely frustrated since his summer arrival but Pardew was happy to see him thrive.

“I was pleased to see our fans had stayed for the second half because the last 20 minutes of the first half were tough to watch,” he said.

“The biggest difference was Cabella, he really gave us some technical ability and produced a really great second half or us.

“That’s really good news because we’ve been waiting for him to come alive a little bit for us.

“It’s been a slow burn for Remy but he changed this game for us.”

The 24-year-old’s slender frame and subtle style hardly make him the ideal candidate to shine on a cold night in the north west, but Pardew was delighted with his inversion of the stereotype.

He added: “They are the sort of question marks you throw against eight stone Frenchmen but he played like the front row of a rugby team for us and took the game by the scruff of the neck with his technical ability.

“He’s not going to be a dominant force physically in the Premier League, so he has to be a David Silva. He has to get on the ball, run at people, create things.

“And he did that. He was instrumental.”

Home boss Sean Dyche refused to get carried away despite watching his side use the point earned to climb out of the relegation zone, at the expense of Hull.

The Clarets are now unbeaten in four games having followed up back-to-back wins with consecutive draws.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not playing it down, I’m just being honest,” he noted.

“It’s a relentless, unforgiving division.

“It’s the same mantra as last season: look at one game at a time, focus on it, make sure you’re ready for that one, evaluate it after the event and move on to the next one.

“We like that mantra and that’s the way we work.

“We’ve got to keep turning so-nearlies into actuals but there’s certainly life in these performances.

“That journey (beating the drop) is a different one and it’s important we do what we have done all season and focus on performances.

“Every game we have to deliver.”

Published: Wednesday 3rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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