Newcastle’s Alan Pardew: Fabricio Coloccini played like Bobby Moore

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says Fabricio Coloccini played like Bobby Moore in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Sunderland

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Alan Pardew led Newcastle to a fifth-place finish last season Photo: Back Page Images

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Alan Pardew has compared Fabricio Coloccini to England legend Bobby Moore after the Argentina defender impressed in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday.

The 30-year-old expertly marshalled Newcastle’s defence after the Magpies were reduced to 10 men in the first half, with 65 minutes remaining to defend their 1-0 lead.

Coloccini made four successful interceptions and 15 clearances as he helped Newcastle secure a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light, prompting Pardew to liken the centre-half to Moore.

“He was absolutely phenomenal,” said Pardew.

“If you want a defensive example of how to head it, kick it, cover people and have the calmness to play, then this was it. That was like watching Bobby Moore. It was that good.”

The Newcastle manager defended Cheick Tiote who was sent off for a late challenge on Steven Fletcher, while admitting his disappointment the Magpies could not cling on for a win.

“I know Cheick and he’s not tried to do the player,” said Pardew.

“He has just caught him and [referee] Martin Atkinson has deemed it a red card. I thought the fourth official had a part to play in it because I don’t think Martin could have seen it.”

He added: “It would have been one of the greatest victories had we managed to hang on but 65 minutes is a long time with 10 men.

“We talked beforehand about showing the fans how much this means to us and I thought we did that, particularly when we were down to 10 men. It was an unbelievable effort and I’m so proud.

“I’m just disappointed we haven’t taken all three points when we have played for more than an hour with 10 men. That’s saying something.”

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