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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov 5, 2006

Pardew sorry for touchline row with Arsene

West Ham manager Alan Pardew has apologised to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for the unseemly touchline shoving match between the pair that followed Marlon Harewood's winner at Upton Park.

Pardew and Wenger clashed when the Hammers chief celebrated Harewood's late goal. A row ensued and after the pair had exchanged words, the Frenchman shoved him.

Pardew told Sky Sports: 'I apologise if I offended Arsene. I apologise. It was nothing personal, I was celebrating the goal.'

He added: 'It was shame because it was a tense game and we were under lot of pressure. I was celebrating the goal, that was all basically.

'Arsene seemed to have a problem with that, probably rightly. It was frustration, there was nothing personal.

'Nothing was said. Maybe he [Wenger] was angry at a couple of decisions and it was a physical game. We wanted to upset Arsenal, we wanted to win.

'But I was celebrating our goal, nothing more, and I apologise to him again and to Arsenal.

'He is a top guy and I really respect him. I thought I was entitled to celebrate the goal after a pulsating game.'

Asked if the pair shook hands at the end of the match, Pardew insisted: 'I tried to. I hope [to see him after the match] and hopefully I will. I want to sort things out. It`s not right for the image of the game.

'The important thing is it was a great victory with a goal in the last minutes. Emotions were high, but there was nothing dangerous or horrible.

'That is what happens with last-minute goals.'

Pardew was anxious that his players got credit for the 1-0 win over Arsenal.

'From our point of view the performance of the players was the key. We looked to close them down and we were brave in the way we approached the game. Tactically it worked for us but it doesn`t always.

'Football has a beauty of rewarding you when you least expect it. This was a big scalp.'

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