Davide Santon

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Davide Santon offered no excuses for Newcastle United's 3-2 Premier League defeat against Hull on Saturday, simply admitting the Magpies were well below-par defensively.

Having twice taken the lead at St. James' Park through Loic Remy's first goals in the famous black and white striped shirt, United were a different proposition at the other end of the pitch.

Twice they allowed the Tigers to level, before Sone Aluko's outstanding volley won it with 14 minutes remaining.

It was quite a turnaround from the stubborn displays which had seen Newcastle concede just once in their previous four games in all competitions.

"Everyone is really disappointed," Santon told nufc.co.uk.

"This was a big chance to win and put ourselves in a nice position up the league but we haven't taken it.

"We started well and we scored twice through Loic, but in the second half we were low and they scored their second goal. Then we tried to attack, attack, attack but I lost the ball, they attacked us and scored the winner.

"Last week we defended much better; this week we didn't defend very well at all - me as well - and that was really disappointing.

"In the Premier League you cannot think games are easy because every team is difficult. You always have to play at 100 per cent, we didn't today and now we have to make up for it in the next game."

One bright spot was Remy's performance, netting with a header and a first-time curled shot - both at the Gallowgate End.

And Santon believes the front man is already settled on Tyneside.

"I'm happy for Loic," he said.

"He is a good player and he feels at home now.

"He has only been here two months but is a big part of the team already and has played well. His two goals were very good."