Davide Santon: “I couldn’t sleep after the Reading game on Saturday night because I was so disappointed. I was going though in my mind what had happened and that kept me awake. It was difficult to take.
“What I would say to the fans is that the players always give 100% on the pitch. Nobody goes out there to lose. This is an important message to get over right now. Losing is one thing; not trying is unforgivable.
“This is a tough moment for all of us. We are training hard and have been doing everything that we should, but then we get to the games and we’ve lost too many. There have been four or five games recently that we couldn’t take anything from.
“We got a great result against Norwich, but we needed a win against Reading and they scored two goals in the second half.
“So we are in a difficult situation. We have a big game against Aston Villa next week and then Chelsea at home, and we need to keep going, concentrate and stay together.
“The problem is that there has been lapses in concentration and we are not scoring enough goals.”
“I think we deserve to be higher in the league. In the team we have good and important players. But this season we have had different problems.
“We are not solid in defence as we were last year and in attack, for example, every ball you gave to Papiss (Cissé) ended as a goal last season. But it has been different this time. Papiss has been very unlucky and not scored as many goals.
“The whole team has been unlucky at times, especially Papiss. If we had been four goals up at half-time against Reading nobody could have complained. We scored just one, we didn’t concentrate 100% in the second, and it was 2-1 Reading."
Source: Newcastle United Mad