Mark Lawrenson thinks Steve McClaren will have been having words with his defence after Newcastle gifted Southampton a point last Saturday.

Two headed goals came thanks to poor marking/organisation and a failure to do enough to prevent the crosses coming in.

Lawrenson is also full of praise for Swansea after their opening day display, with former Newcastle target Bafetimbi Gomis leading an impressive frontline against Chelsea.

However, Mark Lawrenson also thinks that despite the defensive frailties, Newcastle also looked good at times, especially with some of the forward play.

Whilst the former Liverpool player predicts a 1-1 draw, it will be a major improvement if McClaren can inspire his players to concede less than two goals today.

On their travels, in the last six months Newcastle have conceded less than one goal on only one occasion and they even lost that game, 1-0 to Sunderland.

Steve McClaren has stated that he thinks this away match will be a far bigger challenge than Southampton at home last weekend and to come away with a point or better, will be a very decent result.

Mark Lawrenson on BBC Sport:

“Swansea were really impressive against Chelsea, especially going forward.

“Newcastle United also looked good in spells against Southampton but I think Steve McClaren will be looking at how his team defended and will be saying; ‘we need to do better’.

“The Magpies defence are in for another test in Wales, but I think they will get something from this game.”

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