DAN Gosling insists Newcastle United’s players are working tirelessly to ease their fans’ pain writes DANIEL PRINCE.
The Magpies suffered a third straight heavy defeat on Saturday as they lost 4-0 to Manchester United at St James’s Park.
That followed the 4-0 capitulation at Southampton and 3-0 home humbling by Everton, and has led many supporters to question the commitment of the players.
Fans booed the side off after each defeat, with tensions running high after a poor second half of the season on Tyneside.
Midfielder Gosling, who made his first Premier League start in almost two-and-a-half years on Saturday, says he “understands” the fans’ emotions.
And he insists the players are doing everything they can to return to winning ways and halt the alarming run of form.
“I can understand the frustration of the fans,” he said.
“We as players don’t like losing 4-0, either.
“Obviously the fans pay their money, and they don’t want to see their team get beat 4-0.
“We don’t lose on purpose, though, and we don’t concede that many goals on purpose.
“We’re trying and working hard every day.
“We worked hard on Saturday, but arguably the better side won.
“We tried and pushed, and it just wasn’t meant to be.”
Man United went in at half-time with a 1-0 lead after Juan Mata’s sweet free-kick, and then controlled the game after the Spaniard doubled his tally just after the break.
However, Gosling feels the story could have been different had the Magpies held out until half-time at 0-0, although he accepts the team need to improve in all areas.
He added: “They got a decision that went their way and put the free-kick in the top corner. You can’t do anything about that.
“Goals change games and they went in 1-0 up at the break, arguably undeserved.
“It was very tight and should have been 0-0, and then who knows?
“We conceded early in the second half, and it’s very difficult to come back from 2-0 down.
“We are creating chances, and Southampton was probably the only game we didn’t create one.
“We just need one to go in off someone’s backside and then hopefully we can kick on.
“It has been a difficult period, and we need to defend better as a team and probably attack better as a team as well.”