Steve McClaren spoke after the final whistle of today’s game and declared ‘We have played better than that..’.

To be honest, it would have been difficult to play any worse.

With the exception of Rob Elliot and Chancel Mbemba & Fabricio Coloccini, the rest of the team were as shocking as Steve McClaren’s negative tactics.

Of course in the future it will be seen a simply Newcastle United’s first away win since January, 10 long months of misery for the travelling fans.

As McClaren says, Newcastle had one bit of quality with Ayoze Perez’s goal (watch it here) and then the rest of the match ‘were defending for our lives’ as the United Head Coach puts it.

Sunderland now have competition for the title of luckiest win of the season but to turn this positive result into a positive run, Newcastle will need to up their game by a long long way.

Steve McClaren:

“Rob (Elliot) was a big doubt and we needed him today.

“He has been injured and not trained and I like him, he is a talker and experienced.

“We have played better than that, you can’t explain football sometimes.

“We’ve played far better, created chances and been denied by goalkeepers but this week we had one bit of quality for the goal and the rest of the time we were defending for our lives and relied on our goalkeeper.

“Bournemouth will be disappointed with their finishing but we got the luck today and we had a great defensive performance to get a clean sheet which is what you need sometimes.”

To see the fan voting for Newcastle player ratings v Bournemouth and to add your own votes go HERE.

To read Newcastle fan/writer reaction to today’s win go HERE.

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