Vurnon Anita has stated that the confidence in the Tyneside camp is not good after their 3-0 derby defeat to Sunderland on home soil at the weekend.
Newcastle fans will have been hanging their heads as they returned to work on Monday morning after the weekend’s football action.
A 3-0 defeat on home soil against arch rivals Sunderland will have spoiled plenty of ardent Geordie fans – but it appears that the players are doing it tough also.
Vurnon Anita has revealed that the team want to move on from the result, but that the defeat hurts.
"We must forget this game as quickly as we can and move on,” the ex-Ajax man said after the loss.
“It’s as simple as that. Everything went wrong. It ended 3-0 and everything that could go wrong did. You cannot put the finger on one thing because it was everything. Nothing went right. All we can do is work hard, try very hard to forget it and hope that the pain goes away," said Anita.
"It’s strange because we have been playing really well lately but not today. We wanted it so badly and it turned into a disaster for us. What can the manager say? Everyone knows what this game meant for all the fans and the players as well. The dressing room is a horrible place to be right now.
"I don’t know why this happened because we have given everyone a good game this season and beaten some of the top teams. I cannot answer why Sunderland have beaten us again. Maybe we are trying too hard, I don’t know. Maybe we wanted it too much and that affected us."
There is more pressure on Anita than most, with the diminutive midfielder given a place in the team to fill the boots of Yohan Cabaye.
With the Frenchman’s return to his homeland, Anita seems likely to get an extended run in the team, with expectations that he can go some way to filling the void by Cabaye’s departure.
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