Pardew praises youngsters

Magpies boss pleased with Bridge display

Pardew: Happy with young players after Chelsea clash ended 2-2

Pardew: Happy with young players after Chelsea clash ended 2-2

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hailed the display of his young players after the 2-2 draw at Chelsea in the Premier League.

Pardew gave a start to Shane Feguson and introduced Kazenga LuaLua and Sammy Ameobi after the break as the Magpies stole a point thanks to Steven Taylor's injury-time header.

Newcastle twice came from behind at Stamford Bridge and Taylor's late effort sparked wild celebrations from the travelling Toon Army.

"It was one of the most enjoyable goals I can think of," Pardew said. "When you get a performance and young players entering the field of play, at this club, it gives them a great start.

"They deserved it today. Ferguson, (Kazenga) LuaLua, (Sam) Ameobi who came on, Ryan Taylor playing out of position.

"I was thrilled with some of the younger players' performances. It was a just result."

"I'm a big fan of Didier's. I don't think I'll entice him to the north east. I think it's a bit cold for Didier at this stage of his career."

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Bit cold

Pardew shook hands with Didier Drogba before the Ivorian was introduced from the bench, but the Magpies boss insists the powerful forward will not be moving to St James' Park this summer.

He added: "I'm a big fan of Didier's. I don't think I'll entice him to the north east. I think it's a bit cold for Didier at this stage of his career.

"Foreign players come to these shores and some set the example for others to follow.

"He's done that at Chelsea, and he'll probably continue to do that for one or two years still."

Well-deserved

Meanwhile, goalscorer Taylor was similarly delighted with the performance and also praised the youngsters.

"It was a well-deserved draw, it was a great effort," he remarked. "Tackles were flying in, it was a good physical contest but we took the game to them, I think they probably expected us to come here and defend.

"We've got West Brom next week at St James' Park and we want to finish on a high and look forward to next season.

"They've (youngsters) been waiting for their chance and it's great for them to come here to Stamford Bridge and play against the best players in the world."