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Stevenage manager Graham Westley felt his side were good value for their victory after causing one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup history with a 3-1 third-round win over Newcastle.

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Stacy Long's deflected shot opened the scoring and Michael Bostwick extended their lead. Cheik Tiote was sent off for the visitors but Joey Barton pulled one back before Peter Winn sealed the home team's victory.

Westley hailed his players, telling ESPN: "It was fantastic. They deserved what they got for putting in a performance like that against a Premiership side.

"We played the game on the front foot and played the better football over 90 minutes and it was good to see the goals go in.

"A lot of our thoughts today have been about how we're going to win 5-0. It might sound daft but winning 1-0 is doing 20% of that. We went into the game with that plan and we did a little bit more than 20% of that.

"In the first half we were solid, dependable, but made too many negative decisions. In the second half they took more positive decisions and trusted themselves a bit more.

"You've got to create the mindset amongst people that says we know we're at our strongest when we're going forwards, when we're dictating the terms of the game. "

He added: "We're a dangerous side because we're progressing. We want to go forward. We've won a cup, we won the championship last year.

"We haven't had the best start in terms of our league position but we've got the best defensive record in the league, we're nice and organised, nice and fit, and we're only going to grow in confidence and get better as the season goes on."

Alan Pardew admitted his Newcastle players looked tired after a hectic run of fixtures, but also claimed they lacked the hunger of their League Two opponents.

"Four or five players looked like they were shot," he said. "We've had a really tough period. The injuries and the effort took its toll tonight and unfortunately we were on the end of a defeat that we wouldn't like.

"There's a few in there that need to understand what this game's about. The Premier League is all well and good but a few young boys got caught out tonight by the passion and the physical side of Stevenage.

"They bossed patches of the game through their sheer endeavour and enthusiasm. We've got to match that and we didn't do that."

The former West Ham and Charlton manager was unhappy with the red card issued to Cheik Tiote in the second half and he revealed Newcastle will appeal the decision.

"I didn't think it was a sending-off at all. I didn't think it at the time. The speed he's going at is the speed he usually tackles at - he's so fast.

"He has gone off the ground but with one foot and the ball is clearly away from the player. There was no intent. I've watched it three times and I've gone to see the referee and I will definitely appeal that because I think that's really harsh on the boy.

"He was obviously trying to get us back in the game and make an impact.''


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