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Newcastle boss Pardew not panicking over defensive signing failure

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew isn't panicking over the loss of injury victim Ryan Taylor.

Against Aston Villa, Vurnon Anita had to play the final 52 minutes of the game at the back as the club's decision not to recruit another defender during the transfer window came back to haunt them.

Pardew said: "I had no chance, really. We lose Ryan one day before and your opportunity is very, very slim to get a player good enough for us.

"We have got great replacements, although we couldn't have foreseen that Danny was going to get injured today.

"But Anita went back in there and actually probably saved us a point with two great headers on the far post, and his quality going forward helped us.

"I don't think we have got a massive problem there."

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