"We had a game plan and I think the guys executed that game plan well," he said.
"It was very frustrating just before half time.
"We switched off, just like we did last week against Leicester. When you are playing against top sides and top players they do seem to think a bit quicker and it was clever from their point of view.
"When you play against the top sides they will punish you.
"I have got no idea when they (the Newcastle board) are going to make a decision but I have got to be honest, if the guys play like they did today then I hope they make the right decision."