ALAN Pardew admitted Newcastle United must go back to basics – and learn to win without Yohan Cabaye.
Newcastle suffered a third successive derby defeat to Sunderland for the first time since 1923 this afternoon.
Sunderland deservedly won 3-0 at St James’s Park thanks to goals from Fabio Borini, Adam Johnson and Jack Colback.
And one angry fan ran on to the pitch and waved his season ticket at Newcastle manager Pardew, whose side were booed off the field.
The defeat game just days after influential midfielder Cabaye was sold to Paris St-Germain.
Cabaye wasn’t replaced, and his departure – and the three-game ban picked up by Loic Remy for his dismissal against Norwich City – have left two yawning gaps in eighth-placed United’s team.
“Listen, when you lose a player of Cabaye’s class, you want a replacement,” said Pardew.
“But he didn’t arrive, and I have to accept what was in my kitty today and going forward.
“I have to try to get the best out of the group I have got.
“Loic Remy was a big loss today because we created chances, but there was a lack of conviction in our finishing today, which he certainly doesn’t lack, and he was a big loss today.
“A lot of the play went through Yohan, so we’re going to have to change our style.”