West Brom 1 Newcastle 0   Monday 28 December 3pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle, to talk about some aspect of the match:

Ben Cooper:

“Unfortunately all too predictable, even that it was poor goal that decided a very poor game.

“No doubt McClaren will roll out another set of excuses but the bottom line today was that his players didn’t play well enough to win and that WBA won by doing what they do best in the physical side of the game.

“When will we start doing what we do best? I’m not sure we even know what that is.

“There are better managers than Steve McClaren available to do this job and now is the time to go and get one of them.

“The alternative is Championship football next season.”

James Rutherford:

“Another disastrous defeat. McClaren clearly has no faith in his squad after only making one enforced change, and that didn’t end well either.

“There’ll be grumbles about the penalty that should’ve been but we can’t rely on refereeing decisions.

“There’s got to be changes in January because this is going exactly the same way as last season did, the only difference is we actually had a fair amount of points this time last year.

“Another terrible, terrible result.”

Nat Seaton:

“My patience as an away fan is being thoroughly tested by my Club.

“It’s one thing to have a season ticket but to travel round the country to watch this is another.

“Blind loyalty my friends keep saying, maybe time for me to open my eyes…”

Paul Lyon:

“We’re just not good enough.

“That game was very winnable but we didn’t do enough to force it.

“In terms of league position we’re right in the mire.

“Tough times ahead.”

Leazes Park Ender:

“Well, that’s that then. Relegation here we come. The club has slid into a complete mess through a wide range of factors.

“The defeat today leaves us mired in the bottom three. This group of players seem incapable of getting themselves out of the mess. The manager, just as bad, is simply not up to the task of managing Newcastle Utd.

“What will really sting is when relegation kicks in and it’s the fans that suffer. Perez will leave. Other player sales will be welcomed dare I say.

“The mess is so bad they might as well change managers now and let someone else have a crack at it.

“That club’s ability to ruin Xmas is as constant as the northern star.”

Jamie Swan:

“No name dropping… but I spent the afternoon on the lash with my father in law’s best mate Tommy Cassidy.

“This guy knows what it means and what it takes to represent NUFC.

“It was horrible to watch the current team lose again.

“If only we could bottle what Tommy gave for the club we might have a chance of staying up.

“Without it – kiss your arse good bye.”

Jamie Smith:

“Can’t see us staying up. To have counter-attack as your only attacking tactic regardless of who the opposition are, is a disgrace.

“Only drastic action in January can save this. I have no confidence in that.

“The buck stops with Ashley but make no mistake, we will go down below a few cheaper, less capable squads than ours.

“Horrible underachievement.”

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)