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Pardew plays down defeat

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was pragmatic about his team's 3-0 defeat at Swansea, which ended a run of four successive victories.

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Alan Pardew: Newcastle boss had a miserable night at Swansea

Alan Pardew: Newcastle boss had a miserable night at Swansea

Pardew believes Newcastle should have been awarded a penalty at the Liberty Stadium when they were trailing by a solitary goal.

But the Magpies boss reckons that decision was symptomatic of the night when he lost the services of Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse before enduring a turbulent trip back the North East.

Pardew said: "It was a funny night for us all round, really. Nothing really worked for us.

"We lost Hatem to illness and Papiss to injury, and the penalty decision and the way the game unfolded, and then we had a really hairy flight, so it wasn't a trip to remember.

"But at least we are all safe, that's the main thing.

"Everybody can see in the Premier League, it is very, very difficult. I think only Arsenal have bettered our run - I think they got five wins - and it just goes to show you how difficult the Premier League is this year.

"Swansea - I can moan about the penalty decision, which I think should have been given - but they were terrific and I think any team would have had a problem with them last night.

"That's what the Premier League is like. Every game is very, very difficult."

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