Premier League - Pardew pleased to be on terra firma

Alan Pardew has revealed Newcastle's difficult night in South Wales had an equally trying ending as bad weather marred their journey home.

The Magpies' four-game Barclays Premier League winning streak come to an abrupt end at Swansea on Wednesday evening as they lost 3-0 with events on and off the pitch conspiring against them with Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse missing the game, during which they had strong appeals for a penalty waved away by referee Howard Webb.

However, their flight back to Tyneside was made more eventful by gale force winds as the north-east was lashed by a wintry blast.

Pardew said: "It was a funny night for us all round. Nothing really worked for us.

"We lost Hatem to illness and Papiss to injury, and the penalty decision and the way the game unfolded, and then we had a really hairy flight, so it wasn't a trip to remember.

"But at least we are all safe, that's the main thing."

Pardew and his players were back at work on Tyneside on Thursday as they began preparations for Saturday's difficult trip to Manchester United.

Ben Arfa was among them, but Cisse's condition - he has a heel problem - will be assessed on Friday.

Pardew said: "Hatem is in today and he looks fine, so I don't see any problem with him. But Papiss, we will have to wait and see tomorrow and make sure he can train with what is a very sore heel.

"If he can train, he will be involved."