Steve McClaren admits Newcastle United aren’t firing on all cylinders yet and has called on his team to show their quality.
The Magpies travel to West Ham on Monday still looking for their first Premier League win of the season.
McClaren puts that down to a combination of a short summer and the difficulty of being reduced to 10 men for two of their games – against Swansea and last time out at home to Arsenal.
McClaren remains positive about his team’s performances, however.
He said: “We feel we’re establishing a platform. We’ve seen evidence of that but we’ve been down to 10 men in two of the four games.
“The short pre-season hasn’t been good for all teams. No team is firing at 100 per cent yet. Nobody is at that level of consistency.
“The (international) break has been frustrating. You want the games to come thick and fast. We’ve not shown our quality yet.
“We need the breaks (on Monday). We need to play better football, create more chances and score more goals and the results will come.”