Steve McClaren thought that the scoreline was harsh…

The Newcastle Head Coach having watched his team concede five goals in 13 embarrassing second half minutes.

The team is showing worrying similarities to what we all saw last season, once the first goal is conceded then you don’t need to hang around long for the next one.

McClaren claims that he and his team came to win and a poor Manchester City gave every chance of that happening in the first half, with Mitrovic taking advantage with his first goal for Newcastle and then Perez wrongly denied by a linesman’s flag.

If that had counted, or if Mitrovic had scored instead of hitting Joe Hart, would it have been any different?

Well it would have been nice to find out.

However, it just doesn’t wash if Steve McClaren is trying to deflect anything away from a team that can collapse so spectacularly.

Worry signs, very worrying.

Steve McClaren:

“We came to win and we set up with a 4-4-2, very attack minded…

“We created opportunities, we scored the first, the second disallowed…which was never offside, then opportunities again for a third one.


“The goal just before half time I think kind of woke them up and it was a whirlwind 13 minutes and we lost the game in those 13 minutes.

“There is a lot to work on but there were a lot of encouraging things and when you look at the score it’s a little bit harsher than what we deserved.”