Pardew - I blame myself

Image: Alan Pardew: Newcastle manager blames himself for the 5-0 defeat at Tottenham

Alan Pardew blamed himself for selecting too many attacking players after Newcastle United suffered a 5-0 thrashing at Tottenham Hotspur.

Newcastle boss feels he picked too many attacking players

Alan Pardew blamed himself for selecting too many attacking players after Newcastle United suffered a 5-0 thrashing at Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea's defeat at Everton earlier on Saturday had given the Magpies the opportunity to move into the UEFA Champions League spots with victory at White Hart Lane. However, Newcastle never recovered from conceding twice inside the opening six minutes as Emmanuel Adebayor inspired the Premier League title hopefuls. Pardew believes Spurs have a chance of challenging Manchester duo City and United for the top-flight crown after holding his hands up for Newcastle's humbling in the capital.

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"They're a very, very good side," Pardew told ESPN. "They've played as well against us as anyone and I'm sure with the firepower they've got, they've got a great chance of the title. "They were very good and we had a problem today. We've got three of our first-choice midfield out and that was just too much. "But a lot of the blame lays with me, we probably had too many offensive players on the pitch. "The mood Tottenham came out in, we just got exposed time and again. I blame myself for that defeat. "But we'll bounce back, you're going to get well beaten somewhere along the line and we got it today, but we've reacted well all year and we'll do the same. "We're in a great position in the league, it hasn't done our goal difference any good today, but we're one point behind Arsenal and Chelsea and we hope to build on that."

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