Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes that Newcastle missed the skill and flair of former midfielder Yohan Cabaye, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Newcastle slumped to a third consecutive defeat to their bitter rivals Sunderland in todays humiliating derby loss and Pardew felt that with Cabaye gone and on loan striker Remy missing through suspension, the Magpies lacked some tactical prowess.
"We have lost a good player (Cabaye) and have another who scores goals sitting out," he said.
"We have to find another way to play, maybe a with a back-to-basics element to make sure the second half of the season mirrors the success of the first half.
"A lot of the play went through Yohan, so maybe we have to change our style. Sunderland were more controlled, had a better shape and they are things we can put right."
While Pardew was obviously dissapointed at his sides lackluster performance, he was in no doubt about who deserved to win the game.
"The better team won, for sure. We didn't look our usual selves," he added. "Maybe we were too hyped up for it.
"We gave the ball away and we struggled. Though we created chances we didn't look like we had the conviction to score.
"We have to look at ourselves and make sure we are strong between now and the end of the season."
Newcastle travel to Stamford Bridge next Saturday and White Hart Lane a week on Wednesday for two games against Chelsea and Tottenham, respectivly, which may see the Magpies struggling to get anything from either match based on todays performance.