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Martinez - Ban difficult for Pardew

Last Updated: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:17
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Roberto Martinez believes Alan Pardew's touchline ban will have personally hurt his Newcastle counterpart more than it has his team.

While the Spaniard will take up his trademark virtually motionless arms-folded stance in the technical area at St James' Park on Tuesday night, Pardew will be watching at a distance via a television feed.

The Newcastle manager serves the third and final instalment of his stadium ban - a further four games were suspended - imposed after his head-butt on Hull's David Meyler.

In his absence, the Magpies have lost at bottom side Fulham and scraped a last-minute 1-0 win over struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday.

"It must be difficult. I cannot even think how you can cope with that frustration of not being able to help the team and trying to read the game from the sideline," said Martinez.

"That is when you have to rely on your team and your staff and Newcastle have done a great job so far, which shows the quality they have as all the work they have done previously is counting now they are manager-free.

"It is important for a manager to be there. I can only imagine being banned from the stadium is as big a punishment as you can get as a manager because you can't really help your team.

"That must be a frustrating feeling having done all the work during the week to prepare your team."

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