Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Red Card Was the Turning Point for Boss in Cup Shame

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Red Card Was the Turning Point for Boss in Cup Shame

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Byline: LEE RYDER

ALAN PARDEW feels Cheik Tiote's red card was the turning point in Newcastle United's painful FA Cup exit at St e v e n a g e. Tiote was airborne before he won the ball from John Ashton and, in the eyes of the FA and Andre Marriner, such challenges are now being hit hard by officials, as Steven Gerrard also found out at Old Trafford in Liverpool's defeat against Manchester United.

Tiote was unlucky, however, as a clutch of Stevenage players surrounded the referee and a bench clearance led by Boro boss Graham Westley hardly helped the Ivorian's case.

And despite being 2-0 down when Tiote went for an early bath with 20 minutes to go, Pardew felt the game was still alive.

Pardew told the Chronicle: "At 1-0 or 2-0, you're in the game, and the sending-off was significant.

"I thought it was harsh, and you can argue a number of things, but I thought there was no way he went to hurt the player. Not in a million years.

"That caused us even more problems - it got ugly. …

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