To hear Steve McClaren after the game, he must be relying on nobody remembering what they have just watched.

Or thinking most people will just see brief highlights on Match of The Day.

His tactics were shocking and West Brom were the better team first half and the Newcastle hardly had a kick the second half.

Just look at the stats at the bottom.

Steve McClaren is a clown and says absolutely anything, just like Alan Pardew before him.

Steve McClaren:

“Game of fine margins, there is always going to be one goal in it.

“I thought we started ever so well, created good chances, could have scored first in second half again, started very well.

“And…it is about decisions, I’m afraid the referee will look back and think ‘I got that decision wrong’, for that penalty decision on Mitrovic. I have seen it that many times it is unbelievable.

“Nothing from the last two games, a lot of effort, great attitude, but not getting the luck. The referee will look back on that one it has cost us three points.”

‘Should Karl Darlow have saved that?’

“Yeah…it is a difficult one, all afternoon so many crosses, so many set plays and we defended magnificently. Really bought the right to defend and die in the box as we say, to keep the ball out. It was a soft goal and that is the difference, you don’t get a decision at the other end.

“If we keep showing that fight and attitude and some of our football, creating chances, we are just not putting them away at the moment.”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Possession was 48% Newcastle and 52% West Brom

Total shots was 7 for Newcastle and West Brom 22

Shots on target was Newcastle 2 and West Brom 5

While corners was Newcastle 6 and West Brom 18

Team: Darlow, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Colback (Thauvin 86), Anita (Tiote 27),  Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez (de Jong 72), Mitrovic

Unused Subs: Elliot, Mbabu, Gouffran, Lascelles

Ref: Mike Jones

Crowd: 26,313 (2,700 Newcastle)

(Writer Joe Dixon thinks Steve McClaren must go now, read why HERE)