Steve McClaren: It was like a ‘car crash’ at Upton Park

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren has likened Newcastle United’s defeat at Upton Park to a “car crash”.

The winless club was left propping up the Premier League after Monday night’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United.

And head coach McClaren feels there was an inevitablity of a bad result given the “process” of building a new team.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Watford, McClaren said: “We have had five games. Two were with ten men.

“Generally, in four games our attitude has been spot on. Some of our play, some of our battling. Then Monday.

“In the process of a new team, and new players in the Premier League, in the process of trying to change things around in a football club, and during that process, it is a little bit like a car crash, you know it is going to happen, and you can’t do anything.

You just wait for it to happen.

“There are six or seven things we have had to go through.

“The key to Monday was how we reacted after the second goal. We reacted to the first goal and recovered. The reaction to the second was a disappointment.

“The second goal, for 20 minutes until (Ayoze) Perez and (Siem) de Jong came on and (Rolando) Aarons, when we lifted it, before it was a disappointment.”