ALAN Pardew admitted Newcastle United’s travelling fans had every right to boo his team at the final whistle.
Pardew’s side were hammered 4-0 by Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium this afternoon.
United were never in the game, and the scoreline would have been worse had it not been for a series of saves from goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
But Elliot couldn’t stop Jay Rodriguez scoring twice. Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert also found the net.
Newcastle’s 2,187-strong travelling support made their feelings known at the final whistle as the players started to make their way towards the away end to applaud them.
United manager Pardew said: “What can we say? They’ve left at 5.30 this morning and came and watched a performance that isn’t us.
“I’m not really going to talk about the individual players in the team today. Collectively we have to accept responsibility.”
Pardew – whose side were beaten 3-0 at home by Everton on Tuesday night – labelled the performance “lacklustre”.
“The performance was lacklustre from us,” said Pardew, who hauled off Hatem Ben Arfa and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at the break.
“The difference in energy levels between the two teams was marked, I thought.
“The emphasis of the game today was never changed because of the threat.
“We’ve got to threaten the game more than we did today. If you don’t threaten the opposition then they’re going to keep coming and that’s what Southampton did.
“It was a great day for them. I thought they played very well, made it very difficult for us.
“That’s a performance that we need to make sure never happens again. It was our lack of energy, wherever you were sitting in the stadium, that looked a problem.”
The result saw Southampton move above Newcastle into eighth place in the Premier League.
It was the fourth time this season that ninth-placed United have been beaten 4-0.