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Opinion: Pardew wins the mind games

After a 1-1 draw which left Newcastle berating missed chances and Sunderland Manager Martin O’Neill cursing the failure of his wind up tactics, only one manager emerged with an advantage over the other and that was Alan Pardew.

Some may argue Pardew’s actions on the touchline were over the top, but O’Neill acted the very same way and people have called him “passionate”.

After the game, Pardew openly accepted that referee Mike Dean was 100% correct to award Sunderland a penalty, which he was. He barely even mentioned Sunderland aside from criticising Lee Cattermole who should have seen red after 30 seconds. It would have been easy to continually mention it as O’Neill has with Cheick Tiote, but Pardew has restrained. In reality I’d rather Pardew not mention it at all.

O’Neill, on the other hand, decided to tell the press that Newcastle had been to see the referees at Half Time, which was a downright lie according to local journalists. In addition the former Celtic boss also made a stupid comment suggesting that he would enjoy the derby if both sides are in the league next year. With Newcastle in 6th and Sunderland in good form, it’s a daft statement to make.

Since the derby, Pardew’s only mention of the game has been to praise Shola Ameobi and Mike Williamson. O’Neill however has taken the petulant route and decided to blame Mr. Dean, who got every major decision correct. He insisted that Tiote should have been dismissed, a ludicrous claim considering Tiote was culpable for several niggling fouls, which were worthy of a yellow at most.

O’Neill then suggested Sunderland did not play dirty in spite of Cattermole’s vicious two footed lunge on Tiote. His chosen defence for that particular tackle was that Sunderland did not put in another foul for most of the half, clearly forgetting about Sebastian Larsson’s scything challenge on Davide Santon minutes after Cattermole’s ugly tackle.

Steve Bruce became a laughing stock in Newcastle circles because of his fixation with “revenge” and “finishing above Newcastle.” If O’Neill goes down the same route, then he will quickly end up with a similar reputation. With Sunderland  struggling to handle derby day pressure and to keep 11 men on the field, O’Neill’s comments were far from clever.

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  1. Simon says:

    Poor inaccurate content. It was a pulsating match for the neutral. Your interpretation of events during the game and post game is unfortunately too biased to be credible.
    Didn’t O Neill say both his players deserved to be sent off rather than defending them? As for the antics of Pardew on the touchline and Tiote on the pitch…. I am embarrassed for NUFC.

  2. Bob murray says:

    all just lies and slander, O’Neill always admitted the Larson foul, something you were wrong about, and to say “Tiote was culpable for several niggling fouls, which were worthy of a yellow at most” add this to his yellow and he would defiantly be sent from the field of play. http://www.twitvid.com/6VG9K do you not think that is correct?

  3. Gary McLaughlin says:

    A fair few things seem to have been clouded by your obvious bias.

    1) Pardew charges to the Sunderland dug out on numerous occasions, O’Neill simply reacts and never does the same once.

    2) The wind up tactics clearly did work given the number of yellows and Pardew’s antics and nonsense.

    3) Pardew agreed with the penalty decision after being backed into a corner by the interviewer and he openly condoned Williamson’s tactics providing he hides then better.

    4) Pardew’s criticism of Cattermole is completely dumfounded considering he made one foul all game. Compare that to Tiote’s six fouls from five tackles two of which were equally as bad as Cattermole’s and when he wallops Cattermole in the face (youtube it, it happened), you see O’Neill’s point.

    5) The fact that Geordies are still bitterly yabbering on about O’Neills comments suggest that he has got the reaction he wanted.

    6) I doubt he really cares who is laughing at him given his CV!

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