Alan Pardew: "Sometimes you're in games and it goes away from you.
"I played in a game against Liverpool where we got beat by nine. I've gone three better than my players did against Liverpool!
"You feel like you're running around but trust me, your spirit is broken a little bit.
"I was speaking to Steve McClaren, who told me about the time Middlesbrough got bashed 7-0 at Arsenal and 4-0 at home (to Aston Villa, when he had a season ticket thrown in his face) and then lost to us (West Ham) in the FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park.
"Then they went on to reach the UEFA Cup final. He agreed - it breaks the spirit of a few of your players. You can't fault them for that: it's like a game of tennis when you're getting completely beat."