Point enough for Pardew

NEWCASTLE (1) vs ASTON VILLA (1)

NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew accepted his side were perhaps fortunate to have gained a point against Aston Villa and accepted that they were well below their best.

“Our set plays were awful,” he said. “There was a lot of things wrong with our game and we caught Villa at a bad time, with two defeats they were armed to come and have a go, and they worked their socks off for [manager] Paul [Lambert].

Hatem Ben Arfa equalised for Newcastle after Ciaran Clark’s 22nd-minute opener.