MAPOU Yanga-Mbiwa says Newcastle United’s players - and NOT manager Alan Pardew - must take the rap for the club’s Tyne-Wear derby defeat.
Pardew has come under fire from fans in the wake of Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Sunderland at St James Park.
With emotions running high, some supporters have even called for Pardew to be dismissed.
But Yanga-Mbiwa insists the team must shoulder the bulk of the responsibility for the result, the club’s heaviest derby defeat in 34 years ahead of tomorrow’s visit to The Hawthorns.
Newcastle, 13th in the Premier League with five games left to play, need to take three points from West Bromwich Albion to ease their relegation fears.
“I believe the responsibility for performances and results lie with the players,” said Yanga-Mbiwa, signed from Montpellier in January.
“We have to take care of winning the next game.
“The coaches and manager will help us, of course, but we need to take responsibility to show that we want to win the next game and keep the club in the Premier League.
“It’s so important to win at the weekend because we obviously want to stay in the Premier League. It’s a huge game for us.”
He went on: “We can bounce back from losing the derb - I’m sure of that. For example, we came back from game in Lisbon against Benfica, which was disappointing, and we beat Fulham with a last minute goal.
“We’re more than able of doing that again. We have this next game to get things right again.
“It won’t be a problem for us. We will try to forget about the derby and concentrate on West Brom.”