Newcastle manager Alan Pardew felt his side could have been better in their 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.
The Magpies took the lead via a Daniel Agger own goal, but the Reds hit back with a Craig Bellamy brace and Steven Gerrard effort.
Pardew felt Liverpool's second goal, which saw visiting defender Danny Simpson and goalkeeper Tim Krul fail to keep out Bellamy's free-kick on the line, was a key part of the match.
He said: "We were having a good period there and it was never a foul, I don't know why the ref has given that, and then we've made an error on the free-kick.
"The defender and the goalie got in each other's way and we've let a sloppy one in, but we should never have been in that situation in the first place.
"We could have been better last night, I didn't think we were at our best in the second half. I thought we could have been a lot more positive about our play."
Despite the loss, Pardew heaped praise on his seventh-placed side for what they have achieved this year.
He said: "We've done brilliant, we've got some very good players and we've had a really, really good calendar year.
"We need to take that now into next year, and if we do anything like this last year, we may surprise ourselves and the opposition in the league.
"We're still in a good position even though we were beaten last night."