Rafa Benitez remained defiant after seeing struggling Newcastle dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Sky Bet Championship Nottingham Forest.
The Spaniard looked on as a side featuring 10 changes and including three men who have been told they can leave the club slump to a 3-2 extra-time defeat at St James Park, the first time they have gone out of the League cup in the second round since 1990.
It was the promoted Magpies' third defeat in as many games to date this season and did little to lift the pall hanging over Tyneside after yet another summer of unrest.
The Magpies took the lead with a goal from Mitrovic after just 3 minutes, before then falling behind to two goals from Forest's Jason Cummings.
Newcastle levelled with a goal from Rolando Aarons leaving it 2-2 at half time.
It went to extra time, where Nottingham Forest's Kyle Walker scored after 97 minutes to give the team a 3-2 victory.