Pardew was unable to achieve his aim of giving the St James' Park faithful something to counter-balance the bitter taste of defeat to Sunderland in last weekend's Tyne-Wear derby.
"I just feel for the fans really," he said.
"They were terrific. They didn't give us a hard time about Sunderland, they came to support the team and we responded to that.
"If you looked at us out there I don't think you'd say we were in bad form."
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