Rob Lee was left highly dissatisfied with Newcastle's Capital One Cup drubbing at Tottenham's hands on Wednesday night.
And, ahead of Sunday afternoon's Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland, Lee says he feels sorry for 21-year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick.
Newcastle's poor performances over the past week have seen the young shot stopper concede eight times in just two games.
"I just knew that Spurs would get Sheffield United. That just rubbed salt into the wound," Lee wrote in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
"Tottenham have their own struggles at the moment and yet we offered them nothing.
"I know we have a few problems but that wasn’t good enough. But I do feel sorry for Alnwick. The lad is not ready for this kind of test and has been thrown in the deep end.
"He has to get himself mentally prepared for the derby - if he plays - and put what happened on Wednesday behind him."
Newcastle host Sunderland at St James' Park at 1.30pm British Time on Sunday afternoon.
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