SAINTS looked completely lost and crushed after their shocking 3-0 Premier League defeat to Newcastle but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is adamant the bigger picture isn’t broken.

A snapshot of Saints’ predicament after the Magpies loss is unchanged, with Mauricio Pellegrino’s remaining in 17th, a point above the top-flight drop zone.

With relegation rivals Crystal Palace losing to Chelsea, West Ham to Burnley and Swansea and Huddersfield playing out a goalless draw, Saints came out relatively unscathed from their trip to the North East trip, if only in terms of league position.

The full cost of the disgraceful St James’ Park beating is yet to be fully counted but, right now, Saints’ destiny remains in their own hands.

“Every game is crucial. Every game is a final. The last games were finals as well. We didn’t the result we wanted but it doesn’t mean the whole bigger picture is broken,” said Hojbjerg.

“Luckily, we have next week the possibility to show we are better than this.”

Saints’ display at Newcastle was a new low, as a brace from Kenedy and a strike from Matt Ritchie consigned Pellegrino’s strugglers to a miserable defeat.

“I don’t like the words sorry but it’s the only word I can say right now on behalf of the players to everyone who showed up with a Southampton shirt,” said Hojbjerg.

“It’s not fair to them and everyone needs to look in the mirror and asked themselves ‘what can I do so that the team get a better result in the next game?’

“Let’s not speak about staying up next season. There is no way around it, we have to stay up, we have to show who we are.

“There’s no way of going down. This cannot happen.”

Hojbjerg was deployed next to Mario Lemina in the heart of Saints’ midfield, replacing Oriol Romeu in the starting XI.

The Danish midfielder stated he was angry after the display.

“I don’t think I can describe the emotions, the things that I am feeling. I’m just disappointed and very angry at myself,” he said.

“As a team it’s just not good enough. You can blame things. I don’t know what but it’s just not good enough in the end as a group.

“We didn’t succeed today. This is the fact. For the fans that have come a long way in a large number to support the club here.

“Us as players, as international players, good players, it’s just I don’t know what. I’m sorry.”

He added: “We will do everything we can. We have to stay up. As a club, as players, we will stay in the Premier League next year because this is what we are.

“But the reality speaks for itself and we can’t hide. We can’t come back from anything. The reality is speaking for itself.

“As easy as it is to step, as difficult it is to do it, there is no way around. There is no way of hiding. Not showing the balls you have, not showing who you are because anything less is not enough.”