Defender Steven Taylor says there can be “no excuses” after Newcastle were played off the pitch by a rampant Swansea City.
The Swans, who meet Sunderland this coming weekend, eased to a comfortable 2-0 home win on Saturday.
Centre-back Taylor, introduced as a half-time sub for the injured Moussa Sissoko, believes Steve McClaren’s side showed the Swans too much respect and made it too easy for the hosts.
“Swansea, as a team performance, were fantastic all over the pitch,” confessed the 29-year-old.
“We just weren’t at it. They fully deserved it and respect has to go to Swansea.
“They played us off the park. We have to hold our hands up and say no excuses.”
One-time Magpie target Bafetimbi Gomis’s ninth-minute opener and a second-half header from Andre Ayew sealed the win for the Swans and condemned Newcastle to their seventh straight Premier League away defeat.
To make matters worse Newcastle had to play more than half the game with 10 men following the needless dismissal of Daryl Janmaat for a second bookable offence, tugging back Jefferson Montero.
“When you are down to 10 men, it is difficult,” added Taylor. “Especially coming to a side full of confidence who got a good result at Chelsea, which gave them a massive boost of confidence.
“We never performed from start to finish, never got going and probably gave them a bit too much respect.
“It was just too easy for them to play out and play through us and we found it difficult to cope with that.
“There are no positives for us to take. We just have to regroup and this weekend we have got to get back on it.”
A trip to Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime is next up for McClaren’s squad.
Janmaat will be serving his one-match ban, but Taylor insists there is no hard feelings towards the Dutchman, who quickly apologised.
Taylor revealed: “Daryl was absolutely devastated. You could see his face as soon as we came in. He has apologised and like anyone who gets sent off, they always hold their hands up.
“We stick together and it shows the character of the boys, but it was two sloppy goals to give away and against this lot you get punished.”
Taylor was joined on the pitch late on by new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, who took just 90 seconds to land himself in the referee’s notebook – for the second week running. His physicality is just what Newcastle need though, insists Taylor, who said: “It is a welcome to the Premier League for him!”
“He has put himself about and is not shy.
“He will go and battle for every ball, any 50/50 he puts himself in there and he is a physical player and is what we need.”
Meanwhile, boss McClaren has hit back at Swansea boss Garry Monk for suggesting Newcastle tried to “kick” Montero out of the game – by claiming his side isn’t capable of such a tactic.
McClaren said: “I don’t think we are capable of doing that. We don’t have the team capable of doing that. You could see we were trying to play football. The game doesn’t represent that now and I don’t think there is any bad in the game now.
“You make your presence known and we did.”
Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Ayew (Dyer 72), Sigurdsson (Britton 86), Montero (Routledge 77), Gomis. Subs not used: Nordfeldt, Eder, Rangel, Bartley. Booked: Ayew, Naughton. Goals: Gomis 9, Ayew 52.
Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita, Colback, Sissoko (Taylor 46), Wijnaldum, Obertan (Mitrovic 82), Cisse (Aarons 54). Subs not used: Williamson, Perez, Tiote, Darlow. Sent Off: Janmaat (41). Booked: Janmaat, Mitrovic.
Att: 20,678. Ref: Mike Jones (Cheshire).