Pardew explains how Leicester tactical change helped Newcastle

Alan Pardew

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes that Leicester City's attacking intent worked against them at the weekend.

Alan Pardew believes that Leicester City bringing on two forward-thinking players against his Newcastle United side helped them win the match on Saturday.

The match looked to be heading towards a 0-0 draw, but Nigel Pearson's attacking intent ended up helping Newcastle, Pardew believes.

Gabriel Obertan scored the only goal of the match, with a fine strike, and Pardew feels that the strike came about because Leicester decided to open the game up.

“When they made two forward changes I said to John [Carver]: ‘We have to win this game’," Pardew told the Chronicle.

“I knew they’d push and try to open the game up. In a way that kind of helped us.”

Leicester cannot be blamed for thinking that the three points were within their grasp, given Newcastle's form, but Pearson may be regretting the move now.

The Foxes had far more momentum going into the match after a good start to the season, but they will have been disappointed to return from the North-East empty-handed.

Pardew, meanwhile, will have simply been relieved to have got the Magpies' first league win of the season.

The side have been having to play in the face of mounting pressure after such a disastrous start to the season, but some of their fragile confidence should have been restored with this result.

The Magpies travel to London this weekend to face Tottenham Hotspur, where they will be hoping to make it six points out of six to lift themselves up the table quickly. 

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