Newcastle must ‘draw line in sand’ against Chelsea after embarrassing cup exit, says Steve McClaren

Mike Williamson
Mike Williamson

Steve McClaren says Newcastle United must “draw a line in the sand” against Chelsea after the club’s embarrassing Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Championship outfit’s reserve team knocked McClaren’s side out of the competition in front of a 33,986 crowd at St James’s Park last night.

Lewis McGugan scored the only goal of a third-round tie which saw United fail to register a shot on target until the 85th minute.

And Newcastle’s players – and head coach McClaren – were booed at the final whistle.

Asked if he was “embarrassed” by the performance and result, McClaren said: “I’ve been in football too long to be embarrassed.

“I am angry, disappointed. Things like that can happen in football. We said that beforehand.

I am angry, disappointed. Things like that can happen in football. We said that beforehand.

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“It’s a very disappointing result and evening for everyone. We had enough possession and enough of the ball, and created enough chances, but if you don’t score, you don’t win.

“The longer the game went on there was a nervousness around the stadium and on the field.

“You can sense that, and you can sense this kind of thing coming.

“I have said to the players ‘you can’t feel sorry for yourselves, you have to come out on Saturday and be a fighter or a victim’.

“It is one or the other and we can only have fighters on there now.”

Second-from-bottom Newcastle now take on champions Chelsea on Saturday evening still looking for their first Premier League win of the campaign after taking two points from their opening six fixtures.

McClaren added: “There are no excuses. We are back in in the morning. We have Chelsea on Saturday and we need a fighting mentality.

“We have to draw a line in the sand and we have to turn it around.

“We say how far do we have to go before we turn it around, because the players are capable of doing that. We can’t talk about it, we have to do it. There is not a lot you can say.”