Pardew: We were punished

Adam Johnson???s 90th-minute strike snatched Sunderland the points at St James??? Park after a hotly-contested game on Tyneside appeared to heading for a stalemate.

Sunderland???s victory now means Newcastle have their last four games to their bitter rivals, a record which neither team had managed in the fixture???s 130-year history.

???That???s as painful as it gets to lose in the last minute like that,??? Pardew told Sports.

???We were chasing the game a little bit and over committing and we kind of warned the players that Sunderland could score a set play or when were had over committed and we got punished for it.

???But we played well today – on another day we would have won that. We had good chances, Perez was the probably the brightest on the pitch but it didn???t fall for us.

???We want to win here at St James??? Park. We would take the draw now but if we came off saying we didn???t push for the win then it would have been disappointing. You kind of need to balance between pushing too hard and maybe we did a little bit.

???I???m not going to criticise any of my players todays they gave everything they could but it wasn???t to be.???

Until Johnson???s late strike, Newcastle were on course to end a three-game losing streak to the Black Cats.

The performance was of stark contrast to the two previous meeting at St James??? APrk where Sunderland ran out 3-0 winners on both occasions, and Pardew was adamant his side deserved credit for their improved display.

???I thought it was a good game actually Sunderland played well first half and probably just edged it but second half for sure we went up a level,??? Pardew added.

???Perhaps we should be sitting here as winners but in fact we???ve lost. So we have to learn from this, we???re still in a decent position in the league and we now have to regroup and take our form, especially our second half form today, to Man United.

???I was really pleased with Jak [Alnwick] because they put him under real pressure today and he stood up to it, so well done to him. But it???s just disappointing for our fans and us because we didn???t want to end up defeated today.

???I???m proud of the way the team has approached the game today on another we could have won but it wasn???t our day in a lot of respects.?? In terms of myself, I will look at the replays of the game and make sure we learn from the errors we made. We have to make sure we don???t expose ourselves here at St James??? Park.

???The criticism that???s going to come our way we???ll have to except. We???ve got five days until Man United so we can???t listen to it or absorb it, we have to prepare ourselves for the next game which we will do from now.???