DARYL Janmaat has given a blunt assessment of Newcastle United’s derby surrender – and admitted the team simply wasn’t good enough.
Jermain Defoe’s stunning volley gave Sunderland a 1-0 win on Sunday.
Daryl JanmaatIt was not good enough. The first half was really poor. We were too negative.
And the strike condemned Newcastle to a record fifth successive derby defeat.
Janmaat, one of the few players to emerge from the 152nd meeting between the two sides, had to play through the pain barrier at the Stadium of Light after suffering an injury in the warm-up.
And the defender’s calf is being assessed ahead of the April 13 game against Liverpool at Anfield.
Janmaat felt United were “too negative” in the first half.
“It was not good enough,” said Jamaat.
“The first half was really poor. We were too negative.
“The second half was much better, but I think it still was not good enough.”
Defoe struck late in the first half with his weaker left foot.
Up to then, Sunderland had dominated possession, though Ayoze Perez had a strong early penalty claim waved away by referee Mike Dean after he was upended by Sanitago Vergini.
Janmaat, however, conceded that United got what they deserved – nothing.
“They deserved to score in the first half because they had maybe 20 free kicks and they were better than us,” added Janmaat.
“We don’t say we didn’t give everything, but what I can say is that we were not good enought and everybody saw Sunderland were better, especially first half.
“If you are not good enough, most of the time you lose.”
Janmaat was forced off during the warm-up after complaining of a calf problem.
And Newcastle head coach John Carver admitted after the game that the 25-year-old had a suspected “calf tear”.
But the Holland international was patched up by the club’s medical staff in time for the kick-off.