Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said his defenders were not at their best in a 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the English Capital One Cup on Wednesday.
Nabil Bentaleb put the hosts in front at White Hart Lane on the 18th minute of the quarter-final match after Magpies goalkeeper Jak Alnwick had spilled the ball from a corner.
Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado added further gloss with their goals after the interval, which completed a comfortable victory or Spurs.
And, despite conceding failings in his defence, Pardew was able to take positives from the convincing defeat.
“Our back four was not quite as solid as it has looked, but if there was ever that cliche that goals win games, then this is it,” he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
“Actually, I thought it was pretty even up to Jak Alnwick making a mistake.”
“Our performance level was pretty good but the score is what it is. That’s unfortunate for the players who put a shift in.”
Newcastle next face local rivals Sunderland in Matchday 17 of the English Premier League on Sunday.