Asked once again about the Newcastle fans who booed at the end of the Aston Villa match, Steve McClaren said that on Saturday the supporters were excellent ‘the majority of the time’.

The United Head Coach says that he understands the fans’ frustration with Newcastle failing to beat Aston Villa, as he and the players felt the same.

McClaren explained away the reaction of the Newcastle fans by saying that they are like any other set of supporters, in that they want to see a winning team.

Maybe a sense of the Newcastle boss deflecting the issue, as certainly many of the fans I spoke to after the match were frustrated by what they perceive as negative tactics by Steve McClaren, persevering with two defensive midfielders even when home to the worst team in the Premier League.

A sense of a missed opportunity to put daylight between Newcastle and the relegation zone, rather than any disappointment (on this occasion!) with the effort/attitude of the players.

Steve McClaren talking at his pre-Everton press conference:

“It’s three games, seven points, we would have taken that before the Liverpool game, so we have just got to continue, that’s gone and it is Everton next, they are tough, tough opponents and a very good team.

 “The crowd, the majority of the time, were excellent against Aston Villa. They were horrendous conditions, it was a real level playing field the game, everybody got soaked and were frustrated at times, so we have just got to press on against Everton.

 “The crowd are going to be important again on Boxing Day and we are going to need them right behind us.

 “The frustration was there (from fans) and we (the players/staff) were exactly the same, it is the same at every ground, no fans are any different, they want to see their team win.

 “We had a 15 minute spell where Aston Villa got on top but we came back well and ended the game well, that really pleased me.”