ALAN PARDEW was not too concerned by Newcastle United’s 1-0 defeat against German Liga 3 side Chemnitzer last night – and expects the Magpies to pick up in the next few weeks.
Pardew’s side were beaten by Anton Fink’s first-half goal but put up a fight, and Dan Gosling almost equalised when he skimmed the bar.
Sammy Ameobi also had a goal chalked off for offside, but Pardew feels the sharpness that his side lacked will return.
He told The Journal in Chemnitz last night: “The opposition start their season next week – and that showed.
“I know they are a couple of levels below us. But they looked sharper.” And Pardew preferred to reflect on the positives.
The Newcastle manager said: “I was still happy with some of the performances. Sammy did well up top and scored a perfectly good goal.
“We showed some neat touches and our technical stuff was fine.”
United’s No.9 Papiss Cissé sat out the game in the stands last night.
But Demba Ba – linked with a move away from United – played a bit-part role.
Pardew said: “Offensively we’re a little bit at sea. As you would expect the pitch was slow.
“We could not get the ball out of our feet and get it to our pace men. But it was a good work-out.”