Longstaff describes the performance as “f*****g embarrassing” in his apology to the 2,600 Newcastle fans who sang their hearts out in the rain at Leicester, while Carroll – another local lad – has called the team a ‘disgrace’ for ‘completely giving up’ in the wretched second half.
Firstly, here’s what Longstaff’s , thanking the fans for their incredible support and apologising for their ’embarrassing’ performance:
“It’s embarrassing. It’s f*****g embarrassing. Sorry for swearing, but it is.
“The away fans even applauded at the end. But we should never put them in the position where they’re in a stadium cheering for the sake of it.
“It’s a Sunday night, late game, miles away from home. We can’t thank them enough for what they bring.
“But as a team, that’s not good enough. You can talk about tactics, the way we were set up or how we didn’t set up.
We’ve got to be much, much better.”
Hard hitting and honest stuff from Longstaff, although it must be said that he was as guilty as anyone on Sunday, looking sluggish both on and off the ball all afternoon.
Then to Carroll, who feels the team threw the towel in and ‘completely gave up’, saying the players should be ‘hanging their heads in shame’ after such a ‘shocking’ performance:
“To be honest, it was a disgrace.
“It was absolutely shocking… we can’t play like that again.
“We gave up, completely gave up. We should hang our heads in shame — the whole lot of us.
“It was terrible. The second half was abysmal. We didn’t come out at all.
“When the second goal went in, our heads went down and we gave up, basically.”
Time for Bruce and the entire team to pull up their socks and get some serious work done on the training ground this week.
Man Utd await on Sunday, and this isn’t a team to be scared of – it’s a Manchester United that haven’t won an away game in months after enduring their worst start to a Premier League season for years.
If there was ever a moment to make up for last weekend’s woeful display, it’s here..