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Pardew left bemused

Alan Pardew was left 'bemused' after Newcastle United lost in the FA Cup third round again following a 2-1 home defeat by Cardiff City.

Newcastle have now gone out of the FA Cup at this stage three times in the past four seasons after goals from substitutes Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell sent Cardiff through.

Pardew made seven changes from the team which lost at West Brom on New Year's Day, but was adamant he had selected a strong enough side to advance.

Asked how disappointing it was to go out of the cup early again, Pardew said: "It is and I am bemused because I think we had a more than strong enough team to win that game.

"I felt they were in good shape, had good control of the game and really and truly, the last period just got away from us, and we can't afford that to happen.

"We want to win a trophy here, they (the fans) are desperate for a trophy. It's been a long, long time and we are not going to win a trophy going out in the third round."

Pardew also suggested that referee Anthony Taylor should have stopped play before Noone fired home his equaliser.

He added: "I thought the ref should have given a free-kick before then. He let a little incident go.

"He put the whistle to his lips and momentarily that makes you stop. And it was that indecision by him that made us back off a bit and gave him a chance to shoot.

"But it's one of them, I don't want to go on about the referee."