Newcastle latest: Pardew laments referee, Ben Arfa omission explained

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Newcastle's run of wins has ended at four, as the Magpies slipped to a 3-0 defeat against Swansea City. Two goals from Jonjo Shelvey handed Michael Laudrup's side the win, but the former Liverpool man was lucky to stay on the pitch after he appeared to headbutt Mathieu Debuchy.

The failure to send off Shelvey wasn't the only decision that Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was unhappy with, and the former West Ham manager voiced his displeasure with referee Howard Webb's performance last night.

“It was disappointing, the result. We didn’t deserve that. In the first half we were as good as we’ve been. I was disappointed we didn’t keep a clean sheet until half-time. Two big decisions have gone against us. That was crucial. The first penalty claim, it was a penalty. My players’ reaction told me everything I needed to know. And it should have told Howard [Webb] as well.”

Pardew was understandably frustrated, and the players were in a similar mood after the final whistle too, with full back Massadio Haidara stating how angry he was with the result – particularly as it was his first Premier League game in eight months.

“I am very happy I was on the pitch because it has been a long time since I played in the Premier League," Haidara said. “My last game was in April, but at the same time I am angry because we lost the game. We wanted to win and everyone is disappointed.”

Newcastle now travel to Manchester United at weekend, looking to not only bounce back to winning ways, but also pile the pressure on Red Devils boss David Moyes. The Magpies haven't won at Old Trafford since 1972, and will be looking to end their long-running winless streak – just like Everton did last night.

Pardew may have to do it without injured striker Papiss Cisse, who missed out last night with a heel injury, but winger Hatem Ben Arfa should be back having been left out against Swansea with a cold. Pardew gave the injury update after the 3-0 loss, and said; “Hatem is in today and he looks fine, so I don’t see any problem with him. With Papiss, we will have to wait and see tomorrow and make sure he can train with what is a very sore heel. If he can train, he will be involved.”

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