Alan Pardew bemoans Newcastle United's "lack of energy"

Alan Pardew manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Newcastle United at KC Stadium on March 1, 2014
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Alan Pardew puts Newcastle United's defeat against Southampton down to a "lack of energy" shown.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has put his side's heavy defeat at the hands of Southampton down to a "lack of energy".

The Magpies were defeated 4-0 at St Mary's Stadium and dropped below their opponents in the Premier League table.

"The difference in energy levels between the two teams was marked, I thought," Pardew is quoted as saying by Clubcall.com. "The emphasis of the game was never changed because of the threat.

"We've got to threaten the game more than we did. If you don't threaten the opposition then they're going to keep coming and that's what Southampton did. It was a great day for them. I thought they played very well, made it very difficult for us.

"That's a performance that we need to make sure never happens again. It was our lack of energy, wherever you were sitting in the stadium, that looked a problem."

Newcastle are back in action next weekend when they take on Manchester United.

Jay Rodriguez of Southampton celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on March 29, 2014
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