Alan Pardew has apologised to the Newcastle fans following the defeat to Sunderland and has blamed tiredness for the performance.
The Magpies were crushed 3-0 by their arch rivals at St James’ Park, a result which boosted the Black Cats survival hopes and left Newcastle looking anxiously over their shoulders.
The defeat came just days after the 1-1 draw against Benfica which resulted in Newcastle crashing out of the Europa League and Pardew says his top players were clearly fatigued.
Pardew admits the result will hit the players hard but he says everything will be done to ensure they bounce back for the remaining games of the campaign.
“I don’t think it’s ever not going to affect the manner of my season, a defeat like that,” said Pardew. “To our fans that’s everything. We just have to make sure in the last five games we put that right and get some work done on the training ground.
“After Thursday night we couldn’t really do much because of the levels of those players. Three or four of those players never trained after Thursday, they just had a short warm-up and a massage and went out again.
“They looked really tired. I thought (Yohan) Cabaye looked really tired, Mapou (Yanga-Mbiwa) in particular, even Papiss (Cisse) looked a little bit tired. It’s enough at this level.”
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