Steve McClaren insisted Newcastle had gone to Manchester City with victory on their mind – and felt the 6-1 scoreline was harsh on his side.
Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header had put Newcastle into the lead at the Etihad, before five-goal Sergio Aguero took over with Kevin De Bruyne also getting on the scoresheet.
After the match, a jaded McClaren admitted: “We came to win, we were attack minded. We were tight and compressed in the first half and could have been 3-0 up before they equalised.
“I felt the second goal we ‘scored’ was onside.
“The goal just before half time woke them up and it was a whirlwind 13 minutes and we lost the game in those 13 minutes.”
“This is the best team in the Premier League with a front four who can score at any opportunity. They took advantage of our missed chances and we got punished by world class players.
“The score was a little harsher than what we deserved. It was not the system, it was individual errors and world-class finishing from Aguero.”
McClaren added: “We are building character in that dressing room. We have played the top four in our first few games of the season. Our season now begins, we have Norwich coming up and we prepare for that.
“We have had a tough eight games. Our season now has to begin and we take what encouragement we can from the last two games. We probably frightened them into life and they killed us for it.
“That either makes or breaks you. We came here to win, I think we caused Manchester City problems and could have had more goals and we should have done.
“I have seen enough in the last two weeks that we can win football matches. We were unlucky last week and this week. There is enough in there, we just need consistency. Our season begins now.”