Steve McClaren confident there'll be no derby hangover at Newcastle

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren's confident there'll be no hangover from Newcastle United's Wear-Tyne derby defeat.

McClaren's side take on Stoke City at St James's Park tomorrow looking to put last weekend's 3-0 defeat to Sunderland behind them.

The club's head coach said: "We quickly got over the game from Tuesday onwards.

"If we play like that and keep 11 players on the pitch, we will win eight or nine out of 10 games. You can see the progress. Some of our football was fantastic and that's progress."

McClaren, however, is still frustrated at the decision to send off captain Fabricio Coloccini and award a penalty against him with the scoreline goalless at the Stadium of Light.

Coloccini has since had his red card rescinded and will be available for the Stoke game.

McClaren said: "It's one of the strangest derbies I've ever been in. It was bizarre.

"It had everything and was great for the neutral, but not for our fans. We have to take the positives and see if the team has progressed, and the answer is yes.

"I will still dispute the penalty, but it was definitely not a goalscoring opportunity. It spoilt the game for us in terms of being a football match."