Kevin Nolan: We’re all accountable

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KEVIN Nolan revealed those culpable for the errors that gifted Stoke City their four goals apologised after the game.

But Newcastle United’s captain has insisted every one of Alan Pardew’s players were responsible for the club’s embarrassing 4-0 defeat at the Britannia Stadium.

Pardew’s side were undone by a series of mistakes in the Potteries on Saturday.

And the result left Newcastle again looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone.

And there was a frank exchange of views after the game, which Nolan and his colleagues won’t have a chance to put behind them until April 2, when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James’s Park.

“We’re all accountable, but there’s a lot of lads in there apologising,” Nolan said. “But we’re all accountable for this. We’ve just got to get on with it.

“We’ve responded well in the past to days like these, and that’s the key now.

“It’s unfortunate that we’ve got two weeks until we can do it.

“Come Monday, we’ll be on the training ground, and we’re going to be ready and looking to be right for Wolves.”

United went into the break trailing 1-0 to a Jonathan Walters strike, and two quick goals the other side of the interval from Jermaine Pennant and Danny Higginbotham sealed their fate, Richardo Fuller’s injury-time effort adding insult to injury.

“It’s disappointing when you think about it. It was a very disappointing start to the second half, which has absolutely killed us,” Nolan went on.

“We’ve just got to keep plugging away. I don’t think it was a 4-0 game, but when you give two sloppy goals away, it absolutely kills.

“We’ve got to stay positive. I thought we did really well in the first half. I thought we sort of controlled the game.

“They scored with their first chance, and it killed us, but we’ve made a lot of chances. We were there or thereabouts, and it didn’t happen for us.”