Jack Colback said Newcastle United’s performance in their 5-1 defeat at Crystal Palace was “embarrassing” after their good start.
Yannick Bolasie and James McArthur both struck twice as Newcastle’s seventh defeat in 11 league clashes saw the pressure increase on Newcastle manager Steve McClaren.
“We had a game plan and in the first 15-20 minutes it worked perfectly. We got the goal and you could see they were rattled,” Colback told Newcastle’s official club website.
“But we let them straight back in, then I made a mistake for the second goal and that put us on the back foot again. After that it was pretty embarrassing, really.
“Maybe we’re not strong enough character-wise. It seems as if as soon as things go bad, it goes really bad.
“We had that last year and probably the year before as well. It’s something that’s hanging over the team that we need to get rid of.
“We had shown signs of improvement but the Leicester game and this one have really set us back quite a lot.”