"We are in a bad moment," said Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, when reflecting on the club's recent form as the Etihad Stadium side were powerless against a Newcastle United selection made up of a fringe selection of Magpies.
Manchester City have posted miserable form now for three games on the spin, as since their 4-1 annihilation of Tottenham Hotspur, City have drawn CSKA Moscow in Russia, lost to West Ham United in the Premier League and lost to Newcastle.
There is no time to dwell on their woeful run, though, as City are now thrust into one of their most hotly contested fixtures of the season - the local derby at home, to rivals Manchester United.
"We have a luck of trust in all the work we do," continued Pellegrini, as quoted by talkSPORT.
On why City are under-performing, Pellegrini offered his diagnosis: "We are conceding goals easily, we are not taking our chances and we are not moving the ball as fast as we normally do.
"Of course, it was not a good week. We drew in Russia and after that we've now had two defeats against West Ham and today. We must continue trying to recover, repeat our style of play and think about the future.
"Last year we were the team that continued in four competitions, but this year having one competition less maybe we can concentrate on another one."