Steve McClaren believes the 2-0 defeat at West Ham will act as a “wake-up call” for Newcastle as they slipped to the foot of the Premier League.
Two goals from Dimitri Payet either side of half-time condemned Newcastle to a second straight defeat as they failed to score for the fourth Premier League game in a row.
Traffic in east London meant the Newcastle players had to walk the last mile to Upton Park, but McClaren refused to use that as an excuse.
“We didn’t do what we’ve been doing for the last four games. I don’t know what it was, whether it was the journey and the delay, I don’t know,” McClaren said.
“It wasn’t the best preparation and we had 10 minutes to warm up, and in the first 10 minutes you could see. We said no excuses, but it wasn’t our level and it was a wake-up call for everyone.
“You have to be 100 per cent for every game. You could see they were really going or it with the first goal and we didn’t match that. Our final ball, final cross, and final touch wasn’t of the quality of West Ham, which is why we lost.
“We need a big reaction on Saturday, not just from the players and the staff, but the fans as well.
“It’s in the heart and in the head, and we need to react on the training pitch as well. It’s early, we’re learning, and we know we will lose games.”