- Category: Premier League
Alan Pardew heaped praise on his defence after seeing Newcastle record an Premier league opening-day goalless draw against Arsenal at St. James' Park.
An excellent clean sheet against a Gunners side was largely thanks to the back four of Danny Simpon, Steven Taylor, captain Fabricio Coloccini andRyan Taylor, who stood tall in front of impressive keeper Tim Krul.
And Pardew was delighted with what he saw.
"In that first 20 minutes, Arsenal gave us a hard time, but we had tremendous resolve today and we stuck at it," explained the manager.
"There were some things in our performance which looked like the first game in the Premier League and I am sure we are not alone in that, but there were some real positives too.
"The two centre-halves