Alan Pardew: “What was said at half-time was more about personal pride than anything else.
“Our fans are disappointed, and rightly so, after that first half.
“The players responded, and that is one good thing.
“It would’ve been fortuitous for us if we’d got something from the game. The first half wasn’t good enough.
“The second half was much more like it, we showed a bit of pride and passion, won some headers, won some tackles and made some forward passes.
“It was important I reminded them (at half time) of the nuts and bolts of the game – there are fundamentals that need to be done in the team ethic, and I didn’t think we did those in the first half.
“They are a good side, but we stood off them too much in the first half, and a couple of goals were more than defendable.”