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Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew "surprised" by pre-season defeat

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew admits that he was "surprised" by his side's defeat to Portuguese team Rio Ave.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted that he was "surprised" by his side's opponents in their pre-season defeat in Portugal.

The Magpies lost 3-1 to Portuguese team Rio Ave in their second pre-season game as they prepare for the start of the Premier League season.

"I don't think the result really reflected the game because I think we bossed about 70% of it," Pardew told the club's official website.

"But they had three chances in the first half and scored them all, which put us right on the back foot.

"We were a bit passive for the first 20 or so minutes and, if I'm being honest with you, they surprised us a bit with their quality."

Newcastle open their Premier League campaign on August 19 against Manchester City.

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