Newcastle United suffered their third Premier League defeat in a row after losing heavily to Tottenham Hotspur.
Following Newcastle United’s 5-1 thrashing at Tottenham Hotspur, Eddie Howe has given a small insight into the team’s dressing room.
After being torn apart by their hosts in the second half, the Magpies players limped back to the away dressing room at full-time.
Fabian Schar’s free-kick opened the scoring for Howe’s side, but it was quickly cancelled out by Ben Davies.
By the 55th minute, though, it was essentially game over with Matt Doherty and Son Heung-min made it 3-1 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Further goals from Emerson Royal and Steven Bergwijn inflicted a heavy defeat on Newcastle, the third time they have lost by a four-goal margin this season.
“I obviously spoke with the players,” Howe told reports in his post-match press conference.
“You’ve got to be very careful because everybody’s very emotional. Things can be said that maybe aren’t helpful, so I spoke and I think that’s the way it should be.
“I’ll always encourage the players, if they want to speak to each other. The minute I leave the dressing room, that can happen. I think it was important my message got through.”
It was the first time in 11 matches United had conceded more than one goal in a game.
During the club’s nine-game unbeaten, a lot of the success – six wins in seven matches – was built on defensive solidity.
That, of course, went out the window in North London.
“I just felt we chased the game far too early,” Howe said. “We became very, very expansive, taking risks in areas that we shouldn’t.
“It was in our desire to get back into the game. We had time in that second half to find a goal, but we committed too many men forward.
“I am being careful in not going too far in my criticism. It is a great mentality to have – but we needed to be smarter, especially when you have Son and (Harry) Kane sitting in just behind you.
“We were far too open, but it was in our desire to chase the game.”
Howe’s side host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday, their first game at St James’ Park since March 5 when they defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1.