North-East latest: Pardew makes no excuses for defeat; Sunderland star on need to start winning

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Pardew: the best team won

Alan Pardew has admitted that his Newcastle United side deserved nothing from their fixture against Southampton at the weekend.

The Magpies were hammered 4-0 by Southampton at St. Mary's and Pardew explained that his side's performance was below the quality required to win the fixture. 

"The best team won," he explained to the Northern Echo. "They were better than us. We made individual mistakes and we were well beaten.

“We have to take it as a team .We never got a chance to get back into the game. That’s how it goes when you’re on a bit of a bad run.

“We didn't have long to prepare after the internationals but there's no excuse really."

Fraser Forster praises Newcastle

Fraser Forster was a relative bystander in Southampton's 4-0 win over Newcastle at the weekend, but he has still had complementary words to say about the club.

The tall stopper spent a sizeable part of his career at St. James' Park, generally as back-up to Tim Krul, and he has thanked the Magpies for the impact that they had on his development. 

"Newcastle took me on – I was 17 when they signed me – but they really helped me to progress," he told the Chronicle. "They were a fantastic club to be at when I was young.

“They gave me an opportunity to improve and they also gave me a way into the game. I’m thankful for what Newcastle did for me.”

Brown looking to turn draws into wins

Sunderland's start to the season has been encouraging in the sense that they already look tougher to beat than they did last campaign, but Wes Brown has admitted that they must start turning draws into wins.

The Black Cats have picked up points against Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and, most recently, Tottenham Hotspur, but Brown has explained that his side must get their first win soon.

"We know what's expected. We have got to try to start winning a couple of games," the experienced defender said to the Belfast Telegraph. 

"We are looking for our first win in any of the games, and hopefully that will start next week."

Poyet feels for creative talent

Gus Poyet has expressed his desire for Sunderland to have more possession so that the creative members of his squad can thrive.

The Black Cats struggled to gain any meaningful time on the ball against Tottenham Hotspur, despite collecting a credible point in a 2-2 draw, and the Uruguayan manager felt it was a tough game for the players in his squad who are there to forge chances for others. 

"On Saturday, we couldn’t get the ball which is different," he said to the Shield's Gazette.

“For players like Ricky Alvarez and Adam Johnson not to have the ball, and only running to try to stop the players they’re marking is hard."

Dimi Konstantopoulos holds 'Boro number one shirt

Aitor Karanka has revealed that Dimi Konstantopoulos is now Middlesbrough's first-choice goalkeeper. 

The experienced stopper started the campaign as back up to Tomas Mejias, but after the former Real Madrid custodian picked up an injury, it seems that Konstantopoulos has seized his opportunity to impress. 

“I told Dimi on Wednesday that he would be playing,” said Karanka to the Gazette.

“Tomas has had his chance and now Dimi will stay in the team if he plays well. I have to choose the best XI and now I think Dimi is better for us than Tomas.

“I think Dimi is the keeper who now transmits more confidence and the players on the pitch feel more confident with him."

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