Sunderland striker Darren Bent has apologised for the team's poor showing during Sunday's Premier League derby clash with Newcastle United.
The Black Cats fell to a demoralising 5-1 defeat at St James' Park and, although the England man netted a late consolation goal, he admitted they should have performed much better.
Kevin Nolan's hat-trick and Shola Ameobi's double put Steve Bruce's beleaguered outfit to the sword and Bent's comments come after chairman Niall Quinn offered his apologies to the club's supporters.
"We are all sorry about Sunday's result, which was a bad one for everyone concerned," Bent told the club's official website.
"It's important someone came out and apologise to the fans, who are the people who pay money to watch the games.
"We let a lot of people down. We know the fans are hurting and, believe me, the manager and the players are hurting as badly as you are."