Newcastle Utd ‘are not thinking of holidays’ after Man Utd defeat

Newcastle United'  Massadio Haidara and Manchester United's Asley Young at St James's Park
Newcastle United' Massadio Haidara and Manchester United's Asley Young at St James's Park

DAN Gosling has dismissed claims Newcastle United are already thinking about their summer holidays after Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.

The Premier League champions scored three second half goals to add to Juan Mata’s free-kick late in the first half.

The result left Newcastle ninth in the Premier League table after a seventh defeat in 10 games.

However, Gosling batted away suggestions players are already thinking about the beach.

“The lads aren’t going out there thinking about the summer holidays,” he said.

“We’re obviously trying to win the games, and we’re not conceding goals on purpose.

“We’ve played three very good sides recently and they’re all above us in the league. We’re probably second in our mini-league.

“Southampton are just above us by two points and we’re still chasing them down.

“If we finish eighth, it’s a great season, I think.”

Mata’s free-kick came after Gosling had been penalised for a foul on Darren Fletcher on the edge of the area.

However, the midfielder – who made his first Premier League start in almost two and a half years – thought Newcastle were better than the drubbing suggested.

Gosling added: “I don’t think the result did the game justice. The last 25 minutes, they probably had more of the ball and passed it around us.

“It probably looked easy for them from upstairs, but the first half was tight and they got a decision that went their way.

“I thought there was an offside before and I didn’t think the alleged foul was a foul – Fletcher told me that as well.

Gosling was making only his second league start since joining the Magpies in 2010.

The midfielder said: “It was a very difficult game to come into, but one I was very much looking forward to.

“The game was very tight until the second goal.”