Steve McClaren tore into the players after the defeat at West Ham.

On Friday morning all of the local media are reporting that whilst the Newcastle boss was restrained when he spoke to the media after the 2-0 defeat, it was a different story when he was in the dressing room.

Reading the players the ‘riot act’, McClaren is said to have laid into the team both for their collective performance and individually.

As our fan player ratings showed, apart from substitutes Ayoze Perez and Siem de Jong, pretty much all the players were seen as to blame for a really poor display.

Whilst McClaren has been talking up the fact that at least the players have been committed in matches and defending resolutely in games, he couldn’t claim either of those things after West Ham.

With no positives to fall back on when talking to the media, little wonder the Newcastle boss has vented his anger at the players behind closed doors.

Obviously we all hope that the Head Coach’s words and he and coaching staff’s work this week will have a positive impact when Newcastle take on Watford on Saturday afternoon, if it is more of the same against the Hornets though, it leaves McClaren with little wriggle room if trying to defend his team.

This morning we have ran a poll asking which players should be left out against Watford to allow room for a fresh look to the team, at the minute Cisse, Anita and Sissoko are ‘leading’ that vote by some way.

You can still vote HERE on who you think should be left out on Saturday but whichever eleven end up on the pitch, it really is a must win game against the recently promoted visitors.

The players won’t fancy hearing what Steve McClaren has to say if they don’t deliver the first Premier League victory of the season.