FABRICIO Coloccini says Newcastle United must learn the lessons of their defeat to Hull City - or else face another relegation battle.
Saturday’s 3-2 home loss to Steve Bruce’s side left captain Coloccini “angry and frustrated”.
Hull took advantage of sloppy defending to twice come from behind at St James’s Park and take all three points.
Coloccini felt the game was an “opportunity” for well-placed Newcastle, who had won back to back Premier League games.
After a bright start, United’s performance quickly unravelled, and the mood in the dressing room was as dark as that in the city after the final whistle.
“There were bad feelings – frustration, anger, and everything you’d expect,” Coloccini said.
“It’s difficult to speak about it because a lot of things happened on the pitch that I’m angry about.
“We had a great, great chance to take three more points at home against a newly-promoted team.
“It was a great opportunity. If we want to be serious about being in the top 10, or look to bigger things in the Premier League, we have to start to take the chances we have.
“If not, we’re going to have problems. We do not want to be like we were last season.
“We ended the season fighting against relegation, and we can’t have that again.
“So we have to look at our mistakes and keep going. When we have chances to beat teams like Hull, we have to take them.”
United twice took the lead through Loic Remy, but strikes from Robbie Brady, Ahmed Elmohamady and Sone Aluko saw Hull deservedly win.
Coloccini was particularly upset by the defending for the first goal, scored by an unmarked Brady.
“It’s quite bad,” he went on. “For the first goal we should have done better, but the header for the second goal (scored by Elmohamady) was a good set play for them.
“So the second one was OK. The first goal is something we can do much better about, but the third goal was fantastic. Sometimes you have to give credit.”
Newcastle face Leeds United at home in the third round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.
And Coloccini - who was rested against Morecambe last month - is keen for the team to quickly draw a line under the Hull performance by booking a place in the next round of the competition.
“We have a game on Wednesday, and we have to turn the page,” he said.
“We must look to the next game. We have to learn. Now we have to look to get the win and go through in the cup.”