FABRICIO Coloccini admitted Newcastle United have let down their fans – and time is running out for the players to redeem themselves.
Alan Pardew’s misfiring side have lost their last four games without scoring a goal.
And the club’s dismal run of form in recent months led to chants for manager Pardew to be sacked on Saturday.
Newcastle’s staff and players, ninth in the Premier League, remain on course to net a bonus for a top-10 finish.
But captain Coloccini, who led a dressing-room inquest into the club’s recent form after the 1-0 defeat to Stoke City, has conceded that the fans deserve better.
United have four games left to play – Swansea City visit St James’s Park on Saturday –and Coloccini has demanded a reaction from the team.
“We have played poorly the last few games,” Coloccini told SportMail. “We lost again. We’re disappointed for the fans. They need more from us.
“We have to think that we’re playing for the shirt and we always have to give 100 per cent.
“Sometimes we can’t play well. Sometimes we’re poor, like the last few games. We always give 100 per cent, but we have to improve.”
Pardew has cited the January sale of influential midfielder Yohan Cabaye – and recent injuries to the leading scorer Loic Remy and defender Mathieu Debuchy –as mitigating factors behind the club’s run of poor results.
But Coloccini feels Newcastle – who have conceded 12 goals in this four-game streak – should still have performed better.
“We have lots of injured players – and they are top players, of course – but we are not playing well,” said the 32-year-old, whose future at United is uncertain.
“You can have the best players in the world, but if you’re not playing well, you don’t create good chances and it’s difficult to win.
“It’s a bad period, and we have to look forward and improve.”
Remy and Debuchy (both calf) could return against Swansea, while Hatem Ben Arfa is doubtful with a dead leg.