Newcastle display was ‘going down material’, says McClaren

Date published: Saturday 5th March 2016 6:00

Steve McClaren: Still at the helm

Steve McClaren: Still at the helm

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren says he is “very disappointed” after his side lost 3-1 to Bournemouth in a display described as “going down material”. 

Goals from Joshua King and Charlie Daniels helped guide Bournemouth to a 3-1 win at St James Park to cement Newcastle in 19th in the Premier League.

Newcastle supporters booed their team as they fell 2-0 behind, and Ayoze Perez’s consolation was soon quashed as Daniel’s sealed the win for Eddie Howe’s side.

With reports suggesting McClaren had to win the match to keep his job, the defeat has put the former England manager’s position under huge question.

McClaren admitted after the match that he was “very disappointed” with his teams performance, and stated that his time must improve in order to avoid relegation.

“I’m very disappointed,” said McClaren. “That was definitely a poor performance and ‘going down’ material. The only positive is that we have 10 games to go.

“We have got to find the fighters in the team and the performance today did not epitomise that. We cannot play like that and hope to stay up.

“But we are fortunate that we’ve got 10 games and that’s enough. It’s a four-team league now and we play everyone around us.

“There was a certain edginess and you could see that in our play. We lost our shape. Normally we are a good attacking team, but today we were poor on the ball. You can only say that the pressure got to them.

“I can’t see any positives but we have to stick together as a staff and as a team, and fight.”

Speaking about the hostile atmosphere at St James Park, McClaren said: “As a coach you get through this. There are ups and downs. It’s not nice, but I can fully understand it after that.”

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