When asked if he was tempted to change his team for the Watford game, Steve McClaren’s reaction was ‘Poof! Absolutely’.

The Newcastle boss talking to the media ahead of the game, saying that he has already told them a number of times that he still doesn’t know what his best starting eleven is.

Which is a bit of an alternative way of then justifying why you have dropped certain players – ‘still trying to find my best team’…

Steve McClaren also addressed the question of whether Watford is a ‘must win’ match…

Steve McClaren asked: ‘Tempted to mix things up against Watford?’

“Poof! Absolutely tempted, I have sat here before every game and said I don’t know my best team yet.

“Certain individuals can’t play 100% all the time, so we have got good players here and every game is very important.

“You are going to lose football matches, it is normal, it is natural, in the transition period that we are in.”

‘Is Watford a must win game?’

“I don’t think so, every game you can say you must win that one.

“I looked at the first eight fixtures and they were a bit of a nightmare – what’s coming up after the Watford game you try not to think about it.”

It’s going to take time:

“We knew it would be a tough start, we knew it would be tough with new players, new staff, new head coach.

“We are trying to establish a culture and environment and way of playing – that is going to take time.”

Best team?:

“We don’t know our best team yet – it has been tested out defensively in terms of Arsenal and Manchester United, but it has not really been tested in terms of creativity and creating chances.

“I looked at the stats (West Ham match) though and we had twice as many crosses as them, twice as many entries into the penalty area, just as many shots on target as them.”

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