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Steve McClaren ‘We didn’t learn a lot today’

5 years ago

Steve McClaren has claimed he ‘didn’t learn a lot’ from today’s defeat at Swansea.

The Newcastle head coach preferring to concentrate on the sending off of Daryl Janmaat, rather than the fact that Swansea were by far the better team, whether it was with 10 or 11 men.

McClaren said that naivety had cost him and his team and that once the red card happened, his team had their ‘backs against the wall’.

The truth though was that Newcastle hardly had a kick for much of the first 40 minutes before Daryl Janmaat got his marching orders.

In fact, Gabriel Obertan looked United’s most dangerous player, which wasn’t saying much.

Janmaat had already luckily got away without a booking once, before Montero tricked him yet again and the Dutch defender took him out in only the 17th minute.

The next 23 minutes saw Janmaat have another couple of goes before sloppily losing the ball to the winger and the Newcastle full-back amateurishly grabbed Montero’s shirt, despite it happening in the home side’s half with no threat to the United goal.

Sadly, it smacked of his sending off at Leicester when his frustration got the better of him.

Janmaat’s sending off means Newcastle have no right-back when they fact Manchester United next weekend.

Steve McClaren talking to BBC Sport:

“We didn’t learn a lot, apart from it is difficult to win with 10 men.

“A little bit of naivety has cost us, 10 men and your backs are against the wall. “


“We have to dust ourselves down and concentrate on Manchester United next week.

“I’m not too sure whether it was a second booking but we knew he would be a danger and unfortunately we fell into the trap.”


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