Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has suggested that his team were always going to struggle against the Premier League's big spenders due to the gulf in finances after Mike Ashley refused to invest in the summer.
The Magpies suffered against a team consisting of players costing more than their entire starting eleven, but this could all change if the proposed takeover goes ahead with Amanda Staveley's PCP Partners before Christmas.
Speaking to the Chronicle in his post-match press conference, Benitez addressed the contrasting funds available to the two clubs.
Newcastle went 1-0 up thanks to Dwight Gayle's first Premier League goal of the season, and despite going into half-time 2-1 down, were good value for their goal and possibly deserved better.
Deciphering the game, Benitez said: "I think it is quite a simple analysis, a really good first half for 90 minutes. Everything was right and we worked hard.
"We had a clear idea of what to do and done well.
"The second half was more difficult because the belief we had in the first half had gone.
"I was really pleased and proud of my players in the first 30 minutes. After that when you pay the big money for players, it can make the difference.