Alan Pardew reacted to Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Brighton by declaring that Newcastle must strengthen in the transfer window to address injury crisis that has enveloped St James' Park.
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Pardew admitted the patched-up side he fielded at Amex Stadium was inadequate but stressed the club must concentrate on relieving their precarious position in the Barclays Premier League.
Papiss Cisse and Fabricio Coloccini were missing with respective thigh and hamstring injuries, though both are expected to return against Norwich on Saturday.
The influential Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor are out until next month, Cheick Tiote has been lost to the African Nations Cup and Demba Ba was sold to Chelsea yesterday.
Newcastle are only two points above the relegation zone and Pardew warned the club must act if they are to remain in the top flight.
"We need to make sure we are a Premier League team next season. Our team today is a shadow of the team we can put out," he said.
"We know we need to get some bigger players who can handle the situation of carrying a Newcastle jersey, whether that's a signing or getting a player back from injury.
"It's important to spend during this month. I'd like to see another player come in through the door to join Mathieu Debuchy in the next week or so.
"It's difficult to get transfers in this window but we'll have to do everything possible.
"As Newcastle manager coming to Brighton in the third round of the FA Cup I'm aggrieved that I couldn't put out a stronger team than that.
"There are young players who have given everything there, their maximum performance.
"But unfortunately they shouldn't be playing for Newcastle in the third round, they should be in our development team.
"We lost Fabricio Coloccini and Papiss Cisse to slight injuries. I couldn't risk losing them because the most important thing to us is our Premier League status.
"We're not too big to go down and we accept that."
Newcastle will also be missing Shola Ameobi against Norwich after today's captain was sent off for receiving two yellow cards, the second for an innocuous tackle on David Lopez.
Pardew was scathing of Lopez, who clearly made the most of the incident.
"I was disappointed with the opposing player because the foul was nothing, you can see that," he said.
"The player takes a look up and starts rolling around. That was disappointing from a fellow professional player because Shola didn't catch him any shape or form."
For the second successive year Brighton had dumped Newcastle out of the FA Cup with goals from Andrea Orlandi and Will Hoskins humbling their Premier League opponents.
"We had a great opportunity because of the players that were missing to beat a Premier League team. What a team you could make up of the players they had missing," manager Gus Poyet said.
"But it was more up to us than the opposition. We deserve it because of the way we played. We were the better team."
Orlandi's opener was exceptional with the Spaniard capitalising on Wayne Bridge's determination in chasing down a seemingly lost cause by producing an exquisite touch, turn and shot.
"Andrea's finish by itself was enough for people who paid for a ticket. That was perfection," Poyet said.
"You don't see it week-in week-out anywhere. You want to see something different and that was spectacular. The timing of the goal was good."