Steve McClaren says he and his Newcastle United players must “stew” on the Manchester City defeat – then start afresh.
McClaren’s side were left propping up the Premier League after Saturday’s 6-1 drubbing at the Etihad Stadium.
We’ve got to start our season. We’ve got to take what we’ve done over the last two weeks – all the positives and get rid of the negatives – and go forward.
And those not on international duty now have two long weeks to reflect on what went wrong against City before taking on Norwich City at the Stadium of Light on October 18.
McClaren felt the last round of internationals came at a bad time given that it followed a positive performance against Arsenal.
This time, however, McClaren isn’t so sure. Asked about the international break, he said: “We’re always going to stew on it (the City defeat).
“You’ll only know that (whether it’s beneficial or not) when we come back and (after) the performances against Norwich, Sunderland and whoever we’ve got after that.
“We’ve got to start our season. We’ve got to take what we’ve done over the last two weeks – all the positives and get rid of the negatives – and go forward.
“There’s a team in there, but it’s not consistent over 90 minutes. You can see the work’s that being done.”