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Pardew: 'Ban is frustrating'

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted he is finding his three-match stadium ban for headbutting Hull City's David Meyler 'frustrating' after being absent for his side's 1-0 defeat to Fulham on Saturday.

Pardew spent last weekend watching the match in a nearby hotel but stated that he remains undecided about where he will watch the Magpies' St James' Park clash against Crystal Place on Saturday, which will be the first home game of his ban.

However, the 52-year-old has every confidence in assistant manager John Carver to make crucial decisions on the touchline while he serves the remainder of his suspension.

"It was a bit frustrating in terms of it being difficult to assess the mood of the stadium and difficult to assess the mood of the players when it is coming through a flat screen," Pardew said.

"I'm a little bit undecided at the moment where I'm going to be (for next Saturday's game) but one thing is, I'm not going to be in the stadium."

And despite being banned from the dugout until the final three games of the season, when he makes his return to the sideline with the game at Arsenal on April 28, Pardew is determined they bounce back from the Fulham defeat.

"In terms of the result it was a disappointing fixture for us but we picked up and we'll get better for the next game," Pardew said.

"I spoke to John and said my opinion from here is this, do you share that, and we more or less agreed so that was easy that part.

"But we are looking more importantly to bounce back from a defeat that really a truly small error in the game cost us.

"I think it has changed a little bit for John as there's more responsibility on him, he's right in the firing line in terms of making the decisions then and there because there may be a decision that has to be made very quickly and I have full confidence in him."

Pardew appeared before the FA's independent regulatory commission last week and on Wednesday they released their written reasons behind their decision which stated that his punishment might have been more severe.

It emerged that he escaped a five-match stadium ban and a bigger fine because the manager apologised immediately and Pardew insisted that he will make sure that he is never involved with incidents of this kind again.

"I just thought that it was important they heard from me, in the future I will have to make sure that incident or those type of incidents don't happen to me again and I reassured them of that and I've taken my punishment and it's there for everyone to see," Pardew said.