Newcastle manager Alan Pardew blamed his team's lack of attacking punch for the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool.
The Magpies enjoyed plenty of possession during the Anfield clash but were unable to carve out any decent openings and test the home defence.
The away side's best effort came when Joey Barton volleyed past the post seconds after the half-time break.
And Pardew felt the miss, when Liverpool led 1-0 through Maxi Rodriguez's first-half strike, had a huge influence on the rest of the match.
He said: "I thought the second goal was crucial in the game.
"We took the game to them after the first goal but couldn't quite find a moment in the box before half-time.
"We had a good chance with Joey just after half-time and I would expect him to score that.
"If we had scored that would Liverpool have been able to break out of the slumber we had got them in?"
Pardew also felt his side were harshly done by with the penalty award which Dirk Kuyt converted for Liverpool's second before Luis Suarez sealed victory.
He added: "Unfortunately for us Mike Williamson made a mistake which cost us the second goal, albeit outside the box by the looks of it."