McClaren – Only One Lesson We Can Learn From Today

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren couldn’t say too much after this game, as we basically threw it way in the first half when Daryl Janmaat got himself two yellow cards for fouls on Jefferson Montero after just 41 minutes.

We cannot think McClaren can be too happy with the Dutch International, and he has told BBC Sport it was naivety that cost us the game today.

ayew outjumps colo

Andre Ayew beats Coloccini to head home Swansea’a second goal

Newcastle were beaten by goals from Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew – one in each half – but the lads battled quite well in those final 45 minutes to keep it to 2-0.

After the game this is what Steve McClaren told 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 the Manchester United game 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.”

And Steve also talked to local journalists after the game, and said he thought the second yellow card was a bit harsh:

“I thought it was harsh, it was a long way from goal.” “OK, Daryl had made his presence known, which he needed to do.” “It was a little tug. I think the referee could have been more lenient.”

“From then on, it was very difficult.”  “I think the first Janmaat booking, you could see the referee had made his intentions clear.” “If we learn anything, it is emotional control.

“That has cost us, that is the only lesson we can learn – keeping 11 players on the pitch.”

Janmaat fouled Montero more than twice in that first half, and by the time he pulled the Ecuadorian back on 41 minutes the referee if anything had been fairly lenient.

Emotional control is the one thing the players can learn from today’s game –  and we end up with one point from our first two games and now visit Old Trafford next week.

We still have two weeks left in the transfer market so surely we need to bring in another defender?

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