Steve Bruce spoke to Club TV after the 2-1 home loss to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
His thoughts are in full below.
On a disappointing day...
We just didn't play well enough – individually or collectively.
We gave the ball away far too regularly and didn't move it quick enough at all.
We were slow and static in our movement against a team who put five at the back and four in midfield.
We found it very difficult.
We got back into it with a wonder goal from John McGinn, but overall it's a disappointing afternoon for everybody concerned.
On the chances created...
We had some good ones, and we'd expect to make them in front of a crowd that big.
We had a spell when McGinn scored, but to play well for 20-25 minutes all afternoon is not enough.
We didn't have that cutting edge or that drive which we saw on Tuesday night.
On how it unravelled after the equaliser...
We've given a poor goal away.
And when you constantly need to score three to win a game, you know as a team you're conceding far too many goals. That's the way it's been so far this season.
It's something we have to amend before we even think about going forwards.
We have to be better defensively. It's what we'll work on this week.
On the dressing room post-match...
There's a lot of disappointment. It's the way our season has gone so far.
We put ourselves in a good position, and then we shoot ourselves in the foot again.
We have to expect the challenges that are coming. It won't be easy and we'll have to batten down the hatches.
We've got to go and prove people wrong next week.
On John McGinn's goal...
It's a fantastic strike from John. You can see why he's turned into a crowd favourite so quickly.
Today he scored a wonder goal which he'll remember for a long time.
It's a shame we haven't got anything our of the game that he can celebrate it with.
On showing resilience once again...
We'll have to – everyone does at a club like this.
We have to get on with it. We know criticism is going to come our way.
But everyone needs to dust themselves down and, if they've got anything about them, go again.