ALAN Pardew admitted some home truths were told in Newcastle United’s dressing room - after the club’s season took another turn for the worse.
Pardew’s side were out-classed, out-thought and out-played by Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.
And the 4-0 scoreline arguably flattered United, who had goalkeeper Rob Elliot to thank for a series of saves.
The result, which followed a home defeat to Everton, saw Southampton move above Newcastle - who play Manchester United at St James’s Park on Saturday - into eighth place in the Premier League.
Under-pressure United manager Pardew and his players had a frank exchange of views after the game.
“The point was made after the game,” Pardew said.
Newcastle were backed by 2,187 fans at the St Mary’s Stadium, and they vented their anger at the final whistle.
Only Elliot and defender Mike Williamson spoke to the Press after the match to apologise to the club’s long-suffering support.
And Pardew acknowledged that what the club’s supporters had witnessed was “not acceptable”.
“We spoke about that in the dressing room,” said Pardew.
“They started at 6 o’clock, or whenever, to get here, and we put in a performance like that.
“We know it’s not acceptable. We’re very, very disappointed with what’s happened.
“Sometimes you can get a game with some logic - you can make some logic out of it - but it’s very difficult to get any logic out of that.
“We were second-best for whole 90 minutes.”
United barely mustered a shot at Artur Boruc’s goal over course of the game, while Elliot - at the opposite end of pitch - faced a non-stop barrage from Southampton’s pacy and purposeful attack.
“Rob’s just had far too much work to do,” admitted Pardew, whose side have scored just one goal in the nine league games leading scorer Loic Remy has missed this season.
“Time and again, they were coming at us.
“You must offer a threat as a team offensively, otherwise the other team have no fear.
“And Southampton played with no fear. They kept coming.
“We were just defending, and we struggled to make any impact on their team.
“That’s something we really need to focus on for Man United. We can’t let them do that to us.”