The photo which sums up Newcastle's problems during Saturday's defeat to Southampton

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Newcastle were beaten 3-1 by Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

Newcastle United moved one step closer to relegation to the Championship after losing 3-1 away at Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

The Magpies sit six points adrift of safety with just six games left to play, Rafael Benitez's men are running out of time to avoid the drop this season.

Saturday was another away day fiasco, as Shane Long put Southampton into an early lead, before Graziano Pelle and Victor Wanyama added goals to put the Saints 3-0 up, though Andros Townsend did strike a consolation for Newcastle.

Newcastle appear to be hurtling towards relegation and have yet to win under Benitez, with the performances barely improving since sacking Steve McClaren last month - and the image below sums up one of the biggest problems facing Newcastle and Benitez.

In the aftermath to one of Southampton's goals, young defender Jamaal Lascelles blasts his team-mates in a bid to spark some sort of comeback, whilst more senior players like Moussa Sissoko and Siem de Jong look on.

Centre back Lascelles has earned the respect of Newcastle fans for his commitment, and even told the Daily Mail after losing to Southampton that his team-mates simply have to show more desire, something he was trying to bring out of his them at St. Mary's Stadium.

A lack of leadership is something Newcastle are clearly struggling with, and it's frankly absurd that Lascelles - a Premier League rookie - is being relied upon to try and rally the troops and speak to the media after the game, when more experienced players, who earn far more money, hide away.

Those players may be more talented than Lascelles, but it's the heart and desire lacking in Newcastle's performances, particularly away from home - and whilst they didn't respond to Lascelles' rallying cry during the match, they must heed his advice if Newcastle are to stand any chance of surviving.

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