Only 550 Reading fans made the long midweek trip to St James Park.

After a 4-1 defeat, were they wishing they hadn’t?

Manager Jaap Stam claimed that Reading had been the better team and deserved to win, something that left those of us living on Tyneside a little confused…

So did the Reading fans agree with Stam’s take on the game?

Here are a range of views taken from the top Reading fans message board HobNob.Royals:

‘First things first, that was a significant improvement on Wolves, though the benchmark wasn’t exactly set high and don’t let that fool you into thinking this was a good performance.

“Unlike Wolves where the relatively low scoreline flattered us, this evening we got a truly deserved pasting and again had it not been for Al-Habsi it would have been more.’

‘Thought (Reading) fans were decent until Newcastle scored the 3rd, referee was an absolute bottle job, denied the clearest penalty you will ever see and blew up literally EVERYTHING in the home team’s favour – I’m guessing he’s never refereed in front of 50,000 people before.’

“For 50k thought the Newcastle fans were pretty sh*t and quiet.’

‘It was an expected result really. Newcastle were tipped to dominate the league with their squad and we are trialling half a new team and a different style. I think it will take half a season to get into the groove.’

‘The scoreline flattered them; we carved out more opportunities and had more of the ball. On another day we probably would have taken a point. They got a very soft penalty when the game was balanced at 1-1 and if that had stayed the score long into the second half then I feel the nerves would have kicked in for Newcastle.’

‘Are they handing out rose tinted specs to newbies?? Just asking.’

‘Or you could look at the stats from the game instead of just looking at the scoreline? Just saying.’

‘Yep. we played ok/well in the game, but totally folded when we went 2-1 down. It’s an away game. you don’t win all your away games. especially at Newcastle/Wolves.’

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‘Newcastle pressed us high, as did Wolves, but they didn’t have to do it very well or with much thought. We were very pedestrian.’

‘A 4-1 defeat to any team in the same league as us, regardless of resources, money spent this season, and size of club etc, is embarrassing and perhaps more importantly, pretty worrying.’

‘Got back from Newcastle earlier this evening and here are my thoughts.

Thought 4-1 flattered them a bit and we were well in the game until they scored the 3rd. I am very concerned at how we just rolled over though.

Newcastle were OK but will need to play better if they want to win the league. I think we will do well to better last season’s 17th place finish as we have a very soft underbelly.

We played them at the worst time really and was underwhelmed by the nightlife as it was midweek and no students were there.’

‘Let me introduce you to two wonderful things called perspective and context.

1) Newcastle have millions upon millions of £’s worth of talent more than we do.

2) Contrary to the consensus on here (even though most RFC fans were talking about them breaking the record) after a shaky start, that talent will seem them challenge. It’s no disgrace to lose to them.’

‘Stam interview:

‘we were the better team’

‘we’re really pleased with the way we played’

‘we gave away some goals from set pieces’

‘it’s nice to play in these stadiums and the smaller stadiums’

Generally proud of his team after getting spanked 4-1

Nice to see his support for the players but we shouldn’t be happy clappy after that.’

‘On the bright side we kept Newcastle to only 42% possession.’

‘Oh how I long for a British owner and manager combo.

Not basing it on tonight’s result bus this season could be quite the disaster.

Even the Newcastle fans say they were poor tonight, as were the commentators.’

‘Can I just say it’s not necessarily the result that’s worrying, it’s the warning signs of a poor team that we’ve seen all too often in the last few years.

Newcastle were not great neither were wolves.’

“McShane would struggle to get into must champ sides and he’s our no 1 CB.’

‘Give me strength, they’ve spent £40m and just needed to find their feet. Multitude of talent in that squad.’

Good to know we kick started Newcastle’s promotion.’

‘Reality starting to kick in now.

At home, the passing game might work out as teams sit back and let us play.

Away from home, the Championship teams will maul us.’