Romain Perraud scored a late consolatory goal to make the scoreline 3-1, just before Guimaraes restored a three-goal margin. Hasenhuttl slammed his team as being ‘not good enough’, and suggested their below-par display was a reflection of their season. He said: “I have made a lot of decisions in my time here. Thankfully, I don’t have to make that decision.
“I can not say the effort wasn’t there, but in the moment we are not taking the reward for the effort on the pitch. I think it [being in the relegation zone] is a reflection of what we’ve done so far. It has not been good enough.”
Newcastle’s success means they are third in the top-flight table. Boss Eddie Howe said: “I’m very pleased with the result, the performance wasn’t our best but I’m not going to pick it to pieces.
“It was a tough game for us, Southampton dropped into bottom three yesterday so we knew they would show a reaction. We were not at our best but we scored four wonderful goals.
“It feels a little flat because we didn’t hit the heights which we have in other weeks, but we were clinical when we needed to be.”