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Posted on 3 April 2006  - 12:00

Back at the training ground, Martin Jol offers his considered reaction to the 3-1 reverse up at Newcastle on Saturday...

Back at the training ground, Martin Jol offers his considered reaction to the 3-1 reverse up at Newcastle on Saturday...

IT IS ALWAYS difficult for a team when you make mistakes and concede three goals inside 30 minutes.

The goal we created was exactly what we had in mind ahead of the game, to get Aaron Lennon one on one high up the pitch and he did exactly what he had to do. But, if you don't play as a team and play as if you are playing a home game you expect to win, you can't take anything from from a game against a team like Newcastle and it was very disappointing.

I felt we let ourselves down, we didn't play as a team and - as I said - we made mistakes. If you look at the first goal, the second and also the third with the penalty from Edgar's challenge - they were all mistakes. You can't play in the way we did against Newcastle.

They have good players and are strong on the ball, but when they haven't got it they are vulnerable and we didn't take advantage of that.

You have to win your battles. I was confident before the match - even after Ledley had to pull out - and still thought we could do well. But we struggled in the first minute with four men behind the ball, we stopped running and didn't track back - didn't track Bowyer down - and conceded a goal.

In the second half we showed a different face. Down 3-1 and then playing with ten men for 30 minutes - we played better with ten and that typified the whole afternoon. I think the character we showed was okay in the second half, but the performance in the first half was not acceptable.

We played without Ledley against West Brom away when Kanu scored two goals and Leicester in the FA Cup where we conceded three goals - which is very rare for us. You can't say we are not confident when Ledley is not there, but he is certainly an important player. The worry for me is that we concede more goals when he is not playing and that is not a good thing for a squad.

It is something we have to work on in the future, but we have to grab points now even if Ledley is not available. We are capable of doing that if we cut out the little mistakes.

We did have a couple of chances at 3-1 down which could have made a big difference, Robbie Keane hit the bar just before half-time and then Jermaine Jenas had a big chance in the second half. If one of those had gone in then Newcastle could have got a little nervous.

We got better, but we should have started like that. If you start like we did you will lose points.