Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has apologised to fans on behalf of the rest of the team that featured in the comprehensive defeat to Manchester City on Monday night.
The Magpies were soundly beaten with goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri saw the Premier League runners-up get their campaign off to a winning start, while Newcastle were left to suffer having finished the match with 10-men following Steven Taylor’s red card.
Gutierrez went off injured after he picked up a hamstring injury, but he made no attempt to give an excuse for the dismal performance by Alan Pardew’s side.
Speaking to The Chronicle, the Argentine said: “The fans are going to be angry with us.
“We have to apologise to them for the result. Yet we must try to give them the points next week.
“We had to be focused for the 90 minutes. We conceded too quickly and when you do that away from home, it is so hard to come back.
“Then we had the sending-off of Steven which did not help us. Maybe Steven’s incident was just a yellow. But there’s nothing we can do about it now. When you play with 10 though it is hard for you.
“We have to take three points in each of the two home games. We have to be strong.”
Those two home games are against West Ham and Fulham, who both got their campaigns off to a winning start over Cardiff and Sunderland respectively.
Gutierrez admits that the squad now need to step-up if they are to come away with six points and put their poor start behind them, although it is something they were targeting before City took them apart at the Etihad.
“We have two games at home,” added the 30-year-old. “We have to be strong at home now. It is so important.
“When you looked at the Man City game you knew it was a game we could lose. They have spent a lot of money and have massive players.
“So it is a game you knew would be hard. We tried our best.
“Now we are focused on Fulham and West Ham.”
The Argentina international is hopeful of shaking off the injury he picked up midway through the first half to feature in this weekend’s game when the Hammers travel north to St James’ Park.
“It is the same injury as before,” he admitted. “Now I will go back and try to make the best recovery for the next couple of weeks.”