Pardew disputes Pool’s equaliser

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
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NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew reckoned the officials were wrong to award DJ Campbell’s 11th Premier League strike of the season.

Campbell equalised in the 31st minute, though how much he knew about it is debatable.

The striker flicked on Charlie Adam’s corner with his thigh and the ball looped over Newcastle keeper Tim Krul.

Magpies defender Enrique headed the ball away but the linesman flagged to indicate the ball had crossed the line.

It was tight but replays proved the linesman had got it spot on.

However, Pardew did not believe referee Martin Atkinson or his assistant could have been sure.

He said: “The goal was disappointing because I think you have to be beyond doubt if you are going to give that. Seeing it again it certainly doesn’t look like that.

“If you are 40 yards away you have to be beyond doubt it is over the line and it doesn’t look like that to me.”

Pardew was quick to concede that his team had been second best and that Blackpool were good value for at least a share of the spoils.

He added: “Blackpool deserved a goal for their play and their intensity. They gave us a lot of problems.

“It was a tough game and we were lucky we scored because we looked a little flat.

“We looked tired, mentally and physically, in the first half.We were sloppy and created problems for ourselves.

“If it was a boxing match you’d have to give it to Blackpool, but it was a football match and our resilience and quality got us a point. Ian Holloway has done an outstanding job.”

Newcastle now have 41 points and Pardew is confident he can start planning for another season in the top flight.

“I think we are safe,” he said. “Our motivation now is a top-ten finish.”