ALAN Pardew said Newcastle United did not have the required “composure” to beat Sunderland.
Relegation-threatened Sunderland won 3-0 at St James Park for the second consecutive visit, Fabio Borini, Adam Johnston and Jack Colback scoring the goals.
Reflecting on an abject home performance, Pardew added: “We haven’t played well. We came out of Norwich game (which ended 0-0) with our confidence high.
“After the first goal went in, we chased the game and got edgy.
“We didn’t really trouble Sunderland.
“I think the first goal was an important factor. We made a mistake on the goal.
“After that everything was forced and rushed.
“In these derby games, you’ve got to have composure, and Sunderland had more composure.
“We had chances, but we lacked conviction. The quality of the shot and the quality of the pass was not there.
“That was a key factor, had we got it to 2-1, we could have got the crowd involved.
“You’ve got to compete in this fixture, but you’ve also got to have bravery on the ball. We didn’t have that.”