He said: "There were loads of positives for us. We lost to one quality finish after being caught out by a great ball.
"We have a bit of work to do with our forward play. The strikers need to know when the ball is going into the box so they can time their movement and we took too many touches at times.
"But I can't be too critical because the players gave everything. The way we penned Newcastle in and the energy we showed were really pleasing.
"We got the ball into good areas so many times without capitalising.
"I thought Gary O'Neil was the best player on the pitch and I'm delighted with the way Hordur Magnusson is adapting to English football.
"Lee Tomlin had that spark about we know he possesses and lots of other things pleased me. It's hard to talk know because I so wanted to give our supporters a win but when I analyse things later I know I am going to be a lot happier."