ALAN Pardew has demanded a “reaction” from his Newcastle United side to the club’s home defeat to Hull City.
Hull came from behind twice on Saturday to deservedly beat Pardew’s team 3-2 on Saturday.
The loss at St James’s Park ended a run of three league and cup wins.
Pardew’s players were booed off the field at the final whistle by fans frustrated at the result and performance.
And Pardew is looking for a big improvement from his team when they take on Leeds United at St James’s Park in the third round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.
That game is a followed by a tough Premier League fixture against Everton at Goodison Park a week today.
“There’s a reaction required from us - full stop,” Pardew said. “Hopefully, in the next few games we can right what has been a wrong against Hull.”
Loic Remy capped a promising start with a goal in the 10th minute, but Hull levelled through Robbie Brady midway thorugh the half.
Remy restored Newcastle’s one-goal advantage before the break, but second-half strikes from Ahmed Elmohamady and Sone Aluko saw Hull take all three points.
United never got to grips with Aluko, who dropped off striker Danny Graham, and the team lack guile and grit during a disappointing second period.
And Pardew admitted the better team won on the day.
“Hull did a great job on us,” he said.
“We have to respect them as much as any other opposition. They can surprise you. They played well and you have to say that.
“They did their homework, and got the victory.”