Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off for the hosts during the 2-2 result.
Pardew was delighted with the resilience shown by his team in front of an appreciative home crowd on a day when several hundred fans had earlier staged a march to protest about owner Mike Ashley's running of the club.
He said: "We showed today that that is in the group, that we can fight when we need to and therefore I am immensely proud of the whole day, really.
"Our fans were brilliant - Steven Gerrard coming to take a corner and being applauded by our fans and stuff like that, it was just a great day for football.
"If Brendan is slightly disappointed, he shouldn't be because he's got a good team and I think we perhaps just deserved the point.
"I enjoyed Paul Dummett's goal because we have had him since he was nine.
"Paul has had to come through some really good class players here to get as close as he has to get that opportunity he got today.
"It's great for the academy and great for us that he scored that goal, and his little bunny-hop after was even funnier, so he'll get a bit of teasing about that."
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