Siem de Jong has expressed the same sentiment as Mark Lawrenson, though with a slightly different emphasis.

The former Ajax Captain says that Newcastle have to start playing from the first minute and not leaving it until the later stages to have a real go.

United were three down in 55 minutes on Saturday before having a bit of a go and Andros Townsend producing a wonder goal to narrow the deficit.

Mark Lawrenson also said at the weekend that Newcastle had lost it early on against Southampton but he accused the United players of having the bottle to have a go when the match was all to play for, saying that they only started playing once they were three down and hoisting the ‘white flag’ at 2-0.

Siem de Jong prefers to call it a lack of confidence hindering Newcastle United in recent matches.

Either way, what is clear is that if Newcastle concede first then very few of us expect a positive outcome.

Saturday against Swansea has to see the Newcastle players taking it to the visitors from the kick-off.

Anything else is simply inviting another nail in the coffin.

Siem de Jong talking to the official club tv channel:

“You have more confidence when you win games, everybody knows that, now is maybe not the time to do what you do when you have (more) confidence.

“Maybe we should play a bit more simple, keep it easy and work to at least not concede a goal in the first half. Then sometimes in the second half, you just need one chance.

“Confidence is a thing you gain by winning games. I think you need to win one first without playing really good football and then the confidence should grow.

“We don’t have a lot of games left so we need to start real quick if we want to do anything.

“We started really bad and we gave the game away in the first half.

“It’s been a few games in a row now where we don’t start as good as we end the game. In the second half we created a little bit more, but the start was bad and that cost us the whole game.

“Last week (v Norwich) we started alright and then when they got a chance, we dropped a little bit back and gave them more time instead of continuing the way we want to play.

“I think (Southampton) was the same; they get a chance straight away and they score straight away. I think we dropped our heads a bit and you can’t play like that.

“We need to keep our heads up and in the second half we tried to correct it, but that’s not the way it should be.”