Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has moved to praise his players for their recent run of good form, despite falling to a 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday.
The Magpies travelled to Upton Park on the back of five successive victories in the Premier League, but a cagey encounter – in which Moussa Sissoko was sent off – ultimately ended in defeat for Newcastle as Aaron Cresswell’s second half strike secured the three points for the Hammers.
Pardew revealed his frustration at the way the game was decided, saying: “Well I’m frustrated in so much that the game was so tight. It wasn’t really much to call between the two sides.
“One break for them, a lucky break, and they’ve scored the goal and suddenly we’re under pressure to try and get ourselves in a winning position. We pushed and pushed, even with 10 men, but it wouldn’t come.”
Newcastle (2.49 match winner) next face Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday and Pardew commended his players for their fine run of form over the last few weeks, which has seen them revitalise their season.
“I can’t fault the players. They have been absolutely brilliant and again the attitude today was first-class, but it just didn’t fall for us. We didn’t get the bit of quality that we normally produce and therefore we have ended up with a defeat,” said Pardew.
Burnley come into the fixture on the back of two wins and a draw, with Danny Ings securing a point for the Clarets with a late penalty against Aston Villa on Saturday. Burnley are 2.66 to defeat the Magpies at Turf Moor.