Steven Taylor says there are no hard feelings towards fellow defender Daryl Janmaat after his red card stupidity – and that the team will always stick together.
A ninth-minute goal from Bafe Gomis and a second-half header from Andre Ayew sealed a 2-0 win for Swansea and condemned Newcastle to their seventh straight defeat away from home in the Premier League.
To make matters worse Newcastle had to play more than half the game with 10 men following the dismissal of Janmaat after the right-back’s moment of madness saw him sent off for pulling back Jefferson Montero when he had already been booked.
Taylor, who came on as a second-half substitute to help shore up the defence, insists there is no hard feelings towards the Dutchman, who quickly apologised.
Taylor said: “Daryl knows, and the group know, what a top player he is and a massive player in the dressing room.
“He was absolutely devastated. You could see his face as soon as we came in.
“He has apologised and like anyone who gets sent off, they always hold their hands up.
“We have no one who hides or players who don’t want to accept responsibility.
“He has been spot on.
“We stick together and it shows the character of the boys but it was two sloppy goals to give away and against this lot you get punished.”
Taylor admitted there can be “no excuses” after Newcastle were played off the pitch by a rampant Swansea.
But the centre-back believes Steve McClaren’s side showed the Swans too much respect and made it too easy for the hosts.
“Swansea, as a team performance, were fantastic all over the pitch,” said the 29-year-old.
“We just weren’t at it. They fully deserved it and respect has to go to Swansea.
“They played us off the park. We have to hold our hands up and say no excuses.
“When you are down to 10 men, it is difficult to win a game.
“Especially coming to a side full of confidence who got a good result at Chelsea, which gave them a massive boost of confidence.
“We never performed from start to finish, never got going and probably gave them a bit too much respect.
“It was just too easy for them to play out and play through us and we found it difficult to cope with that.
“There are no positives for us to take. We just have to regroup and this weekend we have got to get back on it.”