The acting boss looked immediately ahead to Wednesday's big Carling Cup quarter-final at the Lane after the 4-0 Premiership loss at St James' Park.
We gave as good as we got in the first half on Tyneside but Laurent Robert's wonder goals after 35 and 54 minutes and a quickfire Alan Shearer double put the game beyond us with 25 minutes left.
"Fortunately in football, there is another game not too far away," said David.
"I know we're looking for a response on Wedenesday, our supporters deserve a response and hopefully they will get a response. No-one likes losing and no-one likes losing badly."
David Pleat is looking for the lads to bounce straight back against Middlesbrough after Saturday's defeat at Newcastle.