Pardew disappointed by draw

Fabricio Coloccini brought a brilliant save out of Paul Robinson

and Peter Lovenkrands hit the post, but the goalless stalemate

consigned last week’s 4-4 draw with Arsenal to distant memory.

Pardew joked: “I’m pleased with that after the performance against

Arsenal. We’ve had enough excitement for one week. A dull game is

just what we needed.” He added: “It’s tinged with disappointment

because our performance was really excellent. We stood up to them

really well and bossed the movement and passing. “The only

disappointment was around the final third where our moment never

arrived or we just made the wrong decision. Perhaps we should have

worked their keeper a bit harder.” Pardew singled out Jose Enrique

for special praise after his magnificent performance down the left

flank which set up numerous chances including the one for

Lovenkrands. Pardew added: “If anyone deserved to win the game

today it was Jose Enrique – he was magnificent. It just felt like

one of those home games where you’re disappointed to come away with

a point.” Rovers boss Steve Kean sought solace in the fact that his

side snapped their recent run of defeats, but admitted they had not

done enough to claim all three points. Kean said: “In the last

three games we’ve been getting double-figure shots on goal but

today it wasn’t our day and we will have to respect a point. “I

felt we were edgy from the first minute and a little bit frantic.

We rushed our passes and never got started. We never got any rhythm

into our play. “A few games ago we were playing fantastically and

ending up with nothing. We dug in and to get a clean sheet against

a team who scored four against Arsenal last week was pleasing.” But

the point came at a price with both Roque Santa Cruz and Junior

Hoilett forced off at the break with minor injuries, Santa Cruz

feeling the groin strain which kept him out of recent games. Kean

added: “Roque felt the injury but it’s only a small one. We’ve got

a good break now so he can get some extensive treatment and get

some tough work done.”