Ryan Fraser makes worrying Newcastle United admission

Dressing room morale at Newcastle United is the “lowest it’s been”.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 7:00 am

That was Ryan Fraser’s blunt admission after the club’s shocking 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday night.

The club remains just two points above the Premier League’s relegation zone after the loss, which led to more calls for a managerial change at St James’s Park.

Fraser – who hit the post early in the second half when Brighton were leading 1-0 through a first-half strike from Leandro Trossard – spoke to rights-holding broadcasters after the game.

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"The mood is the lowest it’s been,” said the winger, signed on a free transfer last summer. “We just weren’t good enough. It was a must-win game after doing all right in the last couple of weeks. It didn’t happen for us.

“We’ll have to look back on the game – and see where we went wrong. Conceding just before half-time after the injury (to Isaac Hayden) was a low blow.

"The second goal was identical to their first. It was a little bit too easy, we can’t let that happen again. We need to save our season now. We want to try and work on how we’re going to stay in the league. We’re not in the bottom three yet – and we’ve still got games remaining.

“If we go and win our next game, it looks rosy again. We’ve still got to play Fulham, too.”

Newcastle United's Ryan Fraser (right) and Brighton and Hove Albion's Adam Lallana battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. Picture date: Saturday March 20, 2021.

Newcastle, 17th in the Premier League, have won just two of their last 20 games in all competitions.

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