In the lead-up to Wednesday night’s match, Steve McClaren dismissed the idea that there was a crisis at St James Park.

After he and his team descended several more levels against a Sheffield Wednesday reserve team, the Head Coach was forced to admit that they are ‘getting very close to it (a crisis)’.

Already rock bottom with Sunderland and the Champions and the Champions-elect to come in the next two matches, I think we can safely say that crisis is waiting to knock on our door very very soon.

The Head Coach has talked of needing fighters and not victims at the football club, well maybe they should have recruited a few (fighters, not victims…) in the summer.

Any supporter could have told you that there was little or no fight in the squad in recent years.

The Captain personifies it and the long long winless runs that Newcastle have collapsed into so often, season after season, are proof that when the going gets tough, the players go missing.

Steve McClaren:

“The only people who can do anything about it are in that dressing room, we have to be fighters, not victims.

“How far do you go down before you turn it around? Do you say that’s enough? For me, that is enough.

“We need results. There is trepidation but it’s a great game for us on Saturday.”

Is it a crisis?:

 “Is the job harder than I thought? Absolutely…without a doubt.

“People say it is a crisis and it is getting very close to it – we deserve to be criticised.”

To read the instant fan/writer reaction after last night’s defeat go HERE and to view the player ratings by fans so far, as well as adding your own, go HERE.