Feb 1, 2014 at 12.45pm UK at ​St James' Park
NewcastleNewcastle United

Santon (31'), Dummett (87')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Borini (19' pen.), Johnson (22'), Colback (80')
O'Shea (12'), Borini (20')

Alan Pardew: "Better team won"

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on the touchline during the match against Arsenal on December 29, 2013
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Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits that his side deserved to lose to Sunderland in Saturday's Tyne-Wear derby at St James' Park.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has admitted that his side deserved to lose to Sunderland in Saturday's Tyne-Wear derby at St James' Park.

The Magpies were booed off the pitch after suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of their local rivals.

"The better team won, for sure," Pardew told BBC Sport. "We didn't look our usual selves. Maybe we were too hyped up for it.

"We gave the ball away and we struggled. Though we created chances, we didn't look like we had the conviction to score.

"We have to look at ourselves and make sure we are strong between now and the end of the season."

Newcastle sold midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week.

The Magpies also lost top scorer Loic Remy for three games when the French striker was sent off in Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Norwich City.

Pardew added: "We have lost a good player and have another who scores goals sitting out. We have to find another way to play, maybe a with a back-to-basics element to make sure the second half of the season mirrors the success of the first half.

"A lot of the play went through Yohan, so maybe we have to change our style. Sunderland were more controlled, had a better shape and they are things we can put right."

Sunderland have now won their last three matches against Newcastle.

Jack Colback of Sunderland shoots and scores his team's third goal as Michael Williamson of Newcastle closes in during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park on February 1, 2014
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