Pardew thought his side were primed to pinch all three points in injury time when substitute Sammy Ameobi's floated cross struck the inside of the post and bounced out for Yoan Gouffran, who somehow contrived to scoop the ball over the bar.
Pardew said: "Sammy hit a great little cross and I thought it was in, then it came back on the wrong side for Gouffran - he'll be sweating on the Christmas gaffes for misses of the season.
"I think we looked a more disciplined and cohesive defensive unit today but in the offensive areas you could tell we needed a few more options off the bench.
"It would have been nice to have more senior players to bring on, but I can walk out of here tonight fairly happy that we've put in a professional performance, if not a performance that we really wanted."
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