REMY Cabella says Newcastle United’s players are hurting – and NOT thinking about their holidays.
John Carver’s side have lost their last FIVE Premier League games.
Newcastle were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool on Monday night.
There were chants from frustrated fans against owner Mike Ashley at Anfield and some supporters are planning to boycott Sunday’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur in protest at the direction of the 13th-placed club under Ashley.
The motivation of some players has also been questioned by supporters in recent months, but Cabella insists the players DO care about the club’s plight.
“We are all disappointed,” he said. “The fans, every time, are angry. It is normal. They want to see their team win.
“We lost five games in a row. I understand how the fans feel. They want to see the team win. I am hurt too.
“Everybody is disappointed. We have gone five matches without a win, we have lost five games in a row, that’s difficult for us. We need to keep our heads up, keep working.”
Asked about suggestions the players are already thinking about their summer holidays, Cabella added: “We are certainly not on our holiday – we are professionals.
“We don’t think about holidays. That’s impossible. We have six matches to play. We have to concentrate on Tottenham, we need to win. We are working on the training ground, there are no thoughts about holidays. That’s unprofessional.”
Raheem Sterling gave Liverpool an early lead at Anfield with a stunning goal.
Newcastle, still reeling from their Wear-Tyne derby defeat, fought back, and should have had a penalty when Ayoze Perez was felled by Dejan Lovren late in the first half.
But referee Lee Mason waved away United’s appeals.
And Joe Allon put the game beyond Carver’s sider in the 70th minute.
To make matters worse, stand-in captain Moussa Sissoko was shown a red card late in the game for two bookable offences and will miss the next two games through suspension.
“Sometimes we had the ball, we did things well,” said midfielder Cabella.
“We needed to play and we tried in different spells, but we conceded two goals and it was too difficult to get something.
“At the end of the game we finished with 10 men after Moussa’s red card against Liverpool it is difficult.
“We are now without Moussa because he is a big player for us. We have to concentrate on Tottenham. We have to win that one, it’s important for us all to end this run.”
Newcastle, missing suspended striker Papiss Demba Cisse, have failed to score in five of their last seven games.
And Cabella admits scoring goals is a “problem” for the team.
“It is a problem,” said the 25-year-old. “We concede every time too.
“(Against Liverpool), we conceded in the first 15 minutes, so at 1-0 it is then difficult up front. Sometimes we have opportunities and we need to score, we know that. But Liverpool were better.”