De Jong ‘ashamed’ of Palace defeat

Newcastle United striker Siem de Jong admits that the players were ashamed of their 5-1 loss to Crystal Palace over the weekend.

The Magpies took the lead in the 10th minute though Papiss Cisse, but the Eagles were ahead just seven minutes later and went on to win the match comfortably, dumping Newcastle back into the relegation zone.

"Everybody knows that we need to work hard to get out of this," the Netherlands international told his club's official website, having come on as a second-half substitute at Selhurst Park.

"Of course everybody knows it should be better and we are all ashamed and really disappointed about the result."

"Heads dropped after the equaliser, it's a difficult period and we need to stay in the game.We got the first goal and then 1-1, 2-1 and you could see,'not again'. We need to stay focused and not let these things happen again." 

The 26-year-old admits that he is also struggling at a personal level, as he is not a regular starter under manager Steve McClaren, making just his 10th appearance of the season against Palace.

"I'm finding it difficult to get in the team," added the former Ajax captain. "I maybe need to get my chance sometimes in the team and help them."