Alan Pardew "disappointed" by defeat to Manchester City

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew gives instructions during his side's friendly with Real Sociedad on August 10, 2014
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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes that his side did not deserve to lose to Manchester City in their opening match of the new Premier League season.

Alan Pardew has said that he is "disappointed" by Newcastle United's defeat to Manchester City in their opening match of the new Premier League season.

The Magpies had numerous chances to get back on level terms after David Silva gave the champions the lead, but Sergio Aguero made it 2-0 to the visitors late on.

The Newcastle manager told BBC Sport: "I feel a little bit disappointed we have lost and the scoreline is slightly flattering to them. I felt if we had got an equaliser we could have gone on to win because we looked fitter and stronger.

"Our fans are good judges and I think they've seen enough to believe we're going to give it a real good go this season.

"We'll carry on monitoring the transfer market but we've definitely got a bigger squad and more options. I'm kind of pleased in a way, even though we lost, that we have got a good structure to the team and good fitness in the team."

Newcastle will play Aston Villa next weekend.

Newcastle player Mike Williamson challenges Stevan Jovetic during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park on August 17, 2014
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