ALAN Pardew cut an intensely frustrated figure after seeing his side slip to defeat at Swansea, but he did deliver positive news on the Fabricio Coloccini front.
Pardew was understandably in no mood for pleasantries after seeing his team beaten by a poor goal in the latter stages of a match they had certainly offered more threat in.
He said he could not look his team in the eyes and tell them they should have done better – an indication of how highly he rated their performance.
At least he could offer positive news about his captain, contradicting a story which suggested he could be out for five weeks.
Pardew said: “I’m not sure how long it’s going to be.
“I don’t think it’s a long as we first thought, though, but I don’t think Thursday, that will come too quickly.
“Sunday against Stoke is looking more likely but we’ll see how he is.” Pardew was asked about Steven Taylor’s performance and agreed with the suggestion it was hard for him to end up on the losing side after delivering such a fine display.
He added: “Yes, and it was the same with a lot of the players out there.
“Moussa Sissoko in the second half was brilliant and to be on the losing team it’s difficult to look them in the eye and say, ‘should have played better’.
“With Collocini out it is important we have Taylor and I thought he was excellent.”
Asked about the performance of Rob Elliot, who made several good saves, Pardew included him in a pack of players who he thought had done well.
He added: “I thought he played well. And Mapou (Yanga-Mbiwa).
“Coming in for two class players it’s difficult.
“We have our own emotions but I feel sorry for them because they’ve played well and we’ve played well and we’ve nothing.
“I don’t worry about the team. I think the team is strong. It’s just disappointing not to get anything on the day.”