Alan Pardew believes injuries have had a massive impact on Newcastle United’s recent run of poor form, reports the Journal.
The Magpies suffered their second consecutive 4-0 defeat at the weekend, going down to Manchester United at St James’ Park.
However, Newcastle were without the injured quartet of Tim Krul, Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko on Saturday, and Pardew believes their absence has played a crucial part.
“I am not baffled by it,” insisted Pardew when asked about his side’s poor form. “There is some explanation in losing key players but we do need to get a performance where something breaks for us.
“We just need to get the first goal. It would lift everyone.
“When you concede the first goal in the Premier League it is a blow. The timing of their first goal (after 39 minutes) was difficult for us.
“I feared the worst and there was an unjust feeling to it because there had been an offside moments before not given.
“My players have put in an honest performance but they have not been good enough either as a squad or as a team.”
Newcastle have lost 11 of their last 16 games in all competitions, and have failed to score in 11 of those.
Pardew was keen to point to the fact that top scorer Loic Remy has missed nine matches this season through injury and suspension.
Pardew added: “It is a tough run for us.
“When you are not really threatening the goal like we aren’t at the moment it puts a lot of pressure on your own back four and midfield and teams grow in confidence against us thinking you are not going to score.”