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Perch: Reina will regret clash

James Perch has shrugged off criticism of his actions against Liverpool and insisted Pepe Reina only has himself to blame for getting sent off.

Reina was shown a straight red card for pushing his head into Perch towards the end of Newcastle's 2-0 victory over the Reds on Sunday.

Perch has since been accused of making the most of the incident and going to ground easily, but he says that is something he would never do.

The versatile 26-year-old maintains that Reina is the only one to blame for being given his marching orders, although he will not hold a grudge as emotions can run high in the Premier League.

"I wasn't really surprised by some of the things that were said - it's Liverpool fans and all that," he told The Journal. "They can say what they want, it's water off a duck's back.

"I'm not bothered, I don't really read too much into it. I'm not a diver. People who have seen me play know what kind of player I am. I'm not going to go and dive about and act silly and the rest of it.

"If someone makes contact with you, someone makes contact with you. That's it.

"He shouldn't have done it really and I know deep down he'll think 'I shouldn't have done that' because it's cost them at the end of the day. It's his actions that have caused it.

"There's no need for all the talk really, you just need to look at the telly to see he's in the wrong.

"He was probably frustrated at the way it was going - I'm not going to blame him for doing it because he's frustrated and he wanted them to do well. Things happen; I bet he regrets it now."

Newcastle will be looking to follow up their victory over Liverpool with another three points on Friday when they travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea.

Perch is anticipating a tough game against a side that has impressed all season, having not enjoyed his previous clashes with the Swans.

"I've had experience playing against them for (Nottingham) Forest. We never used to like playing against them because of how they keep the ball," Perch said.

"That was Forest, this is Newcastle who are a much better team. It will be a different task to recent weeks. West Brom are similar but not as effective passing the ball.

"You know what you're going to get. They don't change to play against anyone - be that Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City or Wigan.

"They stick to their formation and pass the ball at every opportunity. We know what to expect, definitely. We know we'll get worked out of possession - credit to them."