Filed: Saturday, 20th August 2005
By: Matthew O'Greel
Alan Pardew has leapt to the defence of full-back Paul Konchesky after he was sent off in the 0-0 draw with Newcastle this afternoon.
Pardew, talking to reporters after the match urged referee Dermot Gallagher to review a video of the game, claiming that Konchesky took the ball before the man - a view backed up by television pictures which clearly show Konchesky making contact with the ball first.
"I think he got it wrong - and perhaps on Monday he might view it differently," said a disappointed Pardew.
"I teach my players that when they go to ground they must take the ball - as you suffer a fine if you don't. But it should not take away from a really outstanding performance from us.
"I thought Nigel Reo-Coker, Anton Ferdinand and Danny Gabbidon were fantastic today; it was a good point, and every point for us is like gold dust.
"We are a strong team and it is our ultimate goal to make the opposition play to their maximum. I believe we did that to Newcastle."
Pardew also praised his team for taking four points from their opening two fixtures - results which mean the Hammers stay in the top four.
"It is early days but we have got four points against two very good teams - and I will settle for that."
* Paul Konchesky will miss West Ham's next fixture against Bolton should Gallagher stand by his decision to award a red card.
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