It looks like more disappointment for those hoping that Steve McClaren might break away from usual his negative tactics, with comments about Vurnon Anita and Jack Colback ahead of today’s match.

The Head Coach says that the pair were his ‘little warriors’ against Everton and praised their roles in front of the back four.

It is fair to say that the majority of fans see a need to dispense with at least one of the pair and play a more attacking/creative option as one of the midfield pair in the middle.

However, Steve McClaren has shown little sign of changing his tactics, despite results showing that the current formation isn’t working and only the hopeless mackems having conceded more than Newcastle’s 33 goals.

Indeed, if McClaren was to leave either Vurnon Anita or Jack Colback out, then it would be odds on that he would then turn to yet another defensive player in Cheick Tiote.

The number of last ditch saves and blocks that had to be made against Everton if further evidence that the defensive plan isn’t working at the moment, never mind what plan is allegedly in place to score goals.

Steve McClaren:

“It is what happens at both ends, a lot happens in the middle but it is key what happens in the two boxes.

“I thought some of our defending (v Everton) was terrific; the blocks, the headers.

“I thought Paul Dummett was excellent, Chancel, Colo, Daryl, once they got through that – you know, Rob Elliot was magnificent with one or two great saves.

“Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita in front were little warriors and it gave us a great platform. When you get chances you have to take them and that is why we lost.”