Football - Pardew takes the positives

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was able to take a series of positives from a spirited display in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at St James' Park.

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Pardew was left to reflect upon a sixth league defeat in seven games as goals from Sergio Aguero, Javi Garcia and Yaya Toure earned City the points, with Demba Ba having pulled a goal back for the Magpies before Papiss Cisse came close to an equaliser.

Pardew said: "I look at us and I have been in runs with other teams and I have played in some teams as well where you don't feel you can score, and that's a real worry, when you don't think you have got a goal in the team.

"But you have to say over the last three or four games, you can't say that about us. We look like we have got goals.

"We are just missing a bit of concentration, a little bit of resilience.

"At 2-1, we were really, really in a game there with a team who you couldn't say had played poorly. They were right at it, Manchester City, so there are a lot of positives for us.

"Unfortunately, it's zero points and that's putting us under pressure now going into QPR, which we know here is a big game now."

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