NEWCASTLE United’s players have been told to remember the sickening feeling they felt at the final whistle at the Liberty Stadium – and use it as motivation for the rest of the season.
Alan Pardew’s side were beaten by Swansea City substitute Luke Moore’s 86th-minute goal on Saturday.
And goalkeeper Rob Elliot’s confident United will be stronger for the agonising 1-0 defeat.
Newcastle – who had been put under heavy pressure before the break – dominated the second-half, but couldn’t put their chances away.
And United were punished by Moore, who came off the bench late in the game.
Elliot and his team-mates – who face Anzhi Makhachkala at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium in the Europa League on Thursday – will use their frustration to motivate them between now and the end of the season.
“The manager said ‘make sure you don’t feel like this again this season’,” Elliot said.
“We’ll be stronger going into the next games. We’ve got to take this defeat with us, and make sure we don’t feel like this again.”
“I think there were a few positives, and sometimes you learn a bit more from a defeat.”
Swansea took the game to Newcastle, and Pardew will have been relieved to get to the break with the game still goalless.
His side took control in the second-half, but couldn’t find the net.
“First-half, we were under a pressure a bit,” said Elliot, making only his second Premier League appearance in the absence of No1 Tim Krul.
“We defended solidly. Looking at their chances, they had a couple of long-range shots. Obviously, they charged just before half-time, and we managed to see it through that.
“We made a few changes at half-time and focused on what we had to do. I think we really got playing in the second half.
“The lads in midfield dominated, but we just couldn’t put away our chances.
“We were much better. Before the goal, I thought we were looking more likely to win it.
“I don’t know if that’s the luck they’ve got at the minute, or us being unlucky.”
A composed Moore seized on a mix-up in United defence to roll the ball past Elliot, after former Newcastle midfielder Wayne Routledge found him in the box.
“I was a bit gutted – it was one of the spawniest goals you’ll see all season,” added the 26-year-old. “The second-half performance was a positive, but we were gutted by that sucker punch.
“That’s just your luck sometimes. For all their good play, they scored a scrappy goal. That’s how quickly it can change at this level.
“You give a team half a chance, or half of anything, and it can be a goal. Unfortunately, the luck wasn’t with us.”