Steve McClaren says that losing Cheick Tiote was a ‘big blow’ and that the team had to readjust.
To the watching fans, losing Tiote was a bit of an irrelevance as the side lost a midfielder who the game was passing by, then simply gained a winger who watched the match go by.
The Head Coach says that his players were second best in everything that they did, which supporters would agree with.
Steve McClaren also said that the players are as frustrated as anybody else at the performance, which fans wouldn’t necessarily agree with.
The Newcastle boss says that his team aren’t ‘miles away from turning it around’, though after the last two displays they have shown little evidence of that happening.
Steve McClaren believes that Newcastle deserved more than seven points from the previous four matches but the fact it was such a lucky win at Bournemouth balances off the luck going against Newcastle against Stoke and Sunderland.
McClaren asks how his players can go from their Stoke performance to the Leicester one in consecutive home games, Newcastle United are most definitely a ‘work in progress’ at best.
Steve McClaren speaking to NUFC TV:
“Second best in everything that we did from the beginning and congratulations to Leicester. They were far better than us on the day – most disappointing performance since we got here.
“We lost Tiote which was a big blow to us and we had to readjust.
“At 1-0 we said at half-time ‘only a goal’, even at two it is only a goal (to get back into the game)…but we…no…congratulations to Leicester. They stifled us, stopped us playing, won every duel, kept the ball, passed the ball better. Did everything in every department that we didn’t do on the day.”
‘Must have been very disappointed with the defending on the last two goals?’
“Yeah…very disappointed with a lot of things. Very disappointed with the performance, believe you me you will get these setbacks, this team is by no way, miles away from turning it around.
“We have had four games and seven points, should have had more…then put in a performance like that.
“The players are as frustrated as anybody that you can give a performance like the last home game against Stoke, which was a thrilling nil nil – great football. Then go to the depths of that performance.”