Strachan Reaction: Newcastle

Last updated : 04 January 2004 By Mad Reporter
After two successive Premier League defeats the Saints bowed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle against Newcastle on Saturday evening with another lack-lustre perfomance in front of the St. Mary's fans.

"I don't know where to start. They were better, quicker and sharper and gave us problems," Strachan said after the 3-0 defeat to the Magpies.

"I know why it's come about but don't think it should be public knowledge. "It's been a difficult 10 days, because we haven't looked like winning in these three games at any time.

"I don't think you could have put two games together beforehand in the two-and-a-half years I've been here and said that - but it's three now.

"I'd like to think we'll sort it out with the players we've got now because the opportunity should be given to the players to rectify it."