Newcastle fans right to hit the boos, admits Steve McClaren after cup KO

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren said Newcastle United’s fans had every right to boo his team off the pitch.

There was a cacophony of boos at the final whistle after Sheffield Wednesday knocked McClaren’s side out of the Capital One Cup last night.

The booing was deserved. That’s what happens when you lose games that you feel you should win and are expected to win and you don’t.

Steve McClaren

Lewis McGugan’s 76th-minute strike gave the visitors a deserved 1-0 victory at St James’s Park.

Newcastle didn’t register a shot on target against the Championship club’s second string until the 85th minute.

And head coach McClaren – whose winless side are second-from-bottom of the Premier League – must now pick his players up for Saturday evening’s home game against champions Chelsea.

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

Asked if he was shocked by the boos, McClaren added: “The booing was deserved.

“That’s what happens when you lose games that you feel you should win and are expected to win and you don’t.”

Newcastle’s problems in front of goal were again laid bare against Wednesday.

But McClaren – who was without the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic and the injured Papiss Demba Cisse – is adamant that he does have enough “quality” in his squad.

“We have got the quality, but we are not producing it,” he said.

“It’s hard to put your finger on, but we have to find it. It’s a mentality thing. You can go into those games and feel sorry for yourself, but we can’t have that and we can’t make excuses.”

Summer signing Florian Thauvin was replaced at the break after a dreadful first-half performance.

But McClaren did not single out individuals for criticism.

He said: “I’m not here to criticise individuals. Whatever I say will never be enough to vindicate the performance and the result. The only thing we can do is get in the morning and prepare for Chelsea.

“I can make excuses, but we have got the quality, and there was not enough quality in the final third.

“We are missing strikers. We are trying things to alleviate that. At the present moment, results dictate it is not working.”

McClaren was without winger Rolando Aarons, who suffered a knock on the eve of the game.

Mitrovic will be available for the Chelsea game after serving a three-game suspension.