West Ham 0 Newcastle 0: We showed spirit, says Alan Pardew
West Ham 0 Newcastle 0: Alan Pardew praises his side's "spirit and determination" despite goalless draw at Upton Park
Alan Pardew praised Newcastle “spirit and determination” despite watching his side edge closer to relegation danger after a goalless draw at West Ham.
The best chance of the game fell to Papiss Cisse, whose first-half shot was cleared off the line by Winston Reid, with replays proving inconclusive.
The stalemate leaves the Magpies just three points above 18th-placed Wigan Athletic with two games left to play.
But the Newcastle boss was encouraged by his side’s display at Upton Park.
“We had to show that we are a strong team and have got spirit in the group,” Pardew told Sky Sports.
“Coming here, there are some many balls put in your box, you’ve got to show real determination and we did that all day today.”
Pardew also felt Cisse’s effort did cross the line and admitted that he is looking forward to the introduction of goal-line technology in the Premier League from next season.
“I thought we had a legitimate goal [ruled out] in the first half and we had two big chances in the second half perhaps to have won it,” he said.
“I thought it was in. I saw the linesman slip over so I can’t see how he would have seen it and you’re then in the hands of the referee. He obviously wasn’t 100 per cent sure and didn’t give it.
“Goal-line technology next year will make a big difference to all of us because those decisions are crucial and we needed a break.”
Newcastle travel to Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League next Sunday.