DeAndre Yedlin has lifted the lid on the mood in the Newcastle United dressing room after the club’s fourth successive defeat.
Watford beat Rafa Benitez’s side 3-0 at St James’s Park on Saturday.
Yedlin put the ball into his own net in the game, which followed losses to Manchester United, Bournemouth and Burnley.
The defender was given a torrid afternoon by Marvin Zeegelaar, who set up Will Hughes’ opening goal and delivered the low cross that Yedlin turned past Rob Elliot.
Andre Gray scored a third goal for the visitors in the second half.
Asked if it was his worst day as a Newcastle player, Yedlin said: “It’s probably up there.”
As a player, if you win 10 in a row and you lose one, or you lose ten in a row, you’re still going to be angry when you lose. It’s the nature of the game.DeAndre Yedlin
Yedlin and his team-mates are trying to “stay positive” ahead of tomorrow night’s game against managerless West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
“We’re just trying to stay positive,” said the 24-year-old.
“It’s very hard to after a performance like that, but it’s what you have to do.
“We are going to have drops like this, so you have to try to stay positive and bounce back.
“We have a game on Tuesday, so in that sense we can try to move on quickly.”
Newcastle have shipped seven goals in their last two games, while it is now four matches on the trot that have ended in defeat, with just one goal scored in the process.
On United’s losing run, Yedlin added: “I don’t really know what it is. I just know we need to bounce back on Tuesday.”
Yedlin says Benitez’s players were “angered” by their own performance against Watford.
But he has called on the squad to show their togetherness and come through a ‘rough patch’.
“I’m not going to walk out of here with a smile on my face,” said the USA international.
“As a player, if you win 10 in a row and you lose one, or you lose 10 in a row, you’re still going to be angry when you lose.
“It’s the nature of the game.
“We’re a team, so we’re going to take losses as a team and we’ll have to move forward from this as a team.
“We have to stay together, not just as a team but as a club, the fans as well.
“That’s what this whole club is built on.
“We have to make sure we stick together during this rough patch and come through it.”
Meanwhile, forward Ayoze Perez – who came off the bench against Watford – says criticism of his own performances has made him “stronger”.
Newcastle manager Benitez defended Perez after reading online “comments” last month.
The 24-year-old has started 10 Premier League games and so one goal for Benitez’s side.
“We know what we’re trying to do,” said Perez.
“We are doing our job, we know what we’re working on.
“Sometimes it cannot be your best performance, but always thinking about the team, helping the team.
“People can like you or not, but we’re professionals and have to deal with these kind of things. It’s normal in football.
“It’s just about being honest.
“Before football, you are a person, and nobody likes it when someone thinks in that way.
“But still, you’re exposed to these kind of things when you play football.
“You have to take it, and that’s it. That has to make you stronger.”