Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been reflecting on his side’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
The Magpies went into the clash at White Hart Lane on Wednesday with optimism, with suggestions rife that the tie could head into penalties.
It proved to be anything but, as Spurs eased to a 4-0 victory, thanks to goal from Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado.
Pardew has pinpointed the exact reason why Newcastle lost so heavily in North London and told BBC Sport: "Our back four was not quite as solid as it has looked, but if there was ever that cliche that 'goals win game' then this is it.
“Actually I thought it was pretty even up to Jak Alnwick making a mistake. Our performance level was pretty good but the score is what it is. That's unfortunate for the players who put a shift in.”
While goalkeeper Jak Alnwick’s mistake for the first goal was crucial, it happened in the 18th minute. Surely Newcastle had enough time to launch a comeback…?
The harsh truth is that Tottenham were hugely superior to Newcastle and they deservedly won.