Second-best throughout, admits Newcastle United’s Pardew

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BOSS Alan Pardew admits that some home truths were told in Newcastle’s dressing room – after the Magpies’ season took another turn for the worse.

Pardew’s side were outclassed, out-thought and outplayed by Southampton on Saturday, and the 4-0 scoreline arguably flattered the Tynesiders.

Pardew, whose side slipped to ninth place, acknowledged: “We know it’s not acceptable. We’re very, very disappointed with what’s happened.

“Sometimes you can get a game with some logic – you can make some logic out of it – but it’s very difficult to get any logic out of that.

“We were second-best for the whole 90 minutes.”

Newcastle barely mustered a shot at Artur Boruc’s goal over course of the game, while Rob Elliot – at the opposite end of pitch – faced a non-stop barrage from Southampton’s pacy and purposeful attack.

“Rob’s just had far too much work to do,” admitted Pardew, whose side have scored just one goal in the nine league games leading scorer Loic Remy has missed this season.

“Time and again, they were coming at us.

“You must offer a threat as a team offensively, otherwise the other team have no fear.

“And Southampton played with no fear. They kept coming.

“We were just defending, and we struggled to make any impact on their team.

“That’s something we really need to focus on for Man United. We can’t let them do that to us.”