Allardyce: Pressure mounting

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Sam Allardyce accepts that the pressure is building after Newcastle were beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester City.

Newcastle boss bemoans Elano decision

Sam Allardyce accepts that the pressure is building after Newcastle were beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester City. The home defeat completed a miserable festive period for the Magpies, coming on the back of losses at Wigan and Chelsea. And Toon boss Allardyce, who has seen speculation over his future almost from day one in the post, knows that results need to improve. Owner Mike Ashley and chairman Chris Mort insist they are behind the former Bolton manager, despite admitting their disappointment with results this season. Goals in either half from Elano and Gelson Fernandes helped City secure only their second away win of the season.

Worry

Allardyce told Sky Sports: "The pressure still mounts, even with that support, and it mounts on us all, particularly me, because we've lost a game at St James' we shouldn't have lost. "That's a big worry for us at the moment. What should have been a point at Chelsea and something here is now three defeats on the trot and again, the pressure grows. "A team like us shouldn't be losing at home and shouldn't be losing three on the trot. "It's a low moment for us all but we've got to stick together and believe that how we played tonight will get us out of trouble. "We've got an extremely tough month with the games coming up so we've got to keep believing, and keep trying to play the right way and keep trying to get the results that some of the performances deserve." The Newcastle boss bemoaned a number of missed chances and felt some key decisions went against his side, insisting goalscorer Elano should have been shown a straight red card for a clumsy challenge on Abdoulaye Faye, which earned the Brazilian a booking.
Defining
Allardyce added: "There were some really defining moments that unfortunately ended up going against us. First and foremost is not converting some great play and some great chances in the first half. "I thought Elano's tackle was a straight red card, there was no question about that. It was reckless, dangerous, career-threatening and not dealt with. "It may sound like excuses, but it is a turning point in the game. And then the referee looks like he's given a foul from Nedum Onuoha on Damien Duff, and then he sees the linesman with his flag up. But that didn't look offside, he looked level when it was played. "That defining moment, yet again, has changed it around because straight from the free-kick Manchester City have gone 1-0 up. "It could have all been so different if we'd put one in the back of the net or if some of those decisions went in our favour rather than against us."

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