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The Magpies defender has apologised to Toon supporters after they were thrashed 6-0 by the Reds but urged his team-mates to stick together in their battle against the drop

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor admitted he and his team-mates let the struggling club's fans down after their 6-0 defeat against Liverpool further dragged them into the relegation mire.

The Magpies currently sit five points clear of the bottom three with three games remaining, but have played a game more than their nearest relegation rivals.

Taylor urged his team-mates to stick together to lift themselves out of trouble but acknowledged that they should expect criticism in the build-up to their next fixture against West Ham.

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"It's a sick feeling," the centre-back told reporters. "At this moment in time, it feels like a family member has died, if I am being honest with you.

"In the dressing room, looking around everyone was devastated and realised the situation we are in. We have got to accept what's coming our way, and that's going to be the criticism this weekend leading up to the West Ham game.

"We have just got to put that to bed and focus on ourselves. Everybody is going to be criticising the team, the manager, everybody, but we have to stick together.

"We have heard those words a lot in the past six months, but that's vital now. The last three games are going to be like cup finals for us.

"We have to apologise, first and foremost, to the fans, for everybody who came here and watched the lads, and hold our hands up because we know we let them down.

"We are devastated with it, it wasn't acceptable and we all hold our hands up. It wasn't good enough. But we have to stick together and get on with it, and make sure next week we put this to bed and get the three points that we need. It's vital."

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