Newcastle boss Steve McClaren admitted “there’s no problem” with Papiss Cisse after the striker was replaced at half-time during the home defeat to Watford.
The Magpies remain winless and in 19th spot after Quique Sanchez Flores’ side left St James’ Park with a 2-1 victory. Odion Ighalo netted twice inside the opening 28 minutes before Daryl Jaanmat scored the hosts’ first Premier League goal since the opening day of the season.
McClaren thought his side needed a different approach at half-time on Saturday and said Cisse was just “unfortunate” to be replaced at half-time by Siem De Jong.
“There’s no problem with Papiss. We just felt we had to change something,” said McClaren.
“We felt we needed to add some type of pace and approach it a little differently. He was unfortunate.
“Papiss is here and he’s part of the squad. He’s a player who can score.
“He needs service for that and we had some crosses in the first half and some opportunities we’ll look at.
“Really, the game was too open for us and Watford, as West Ham did, took advantage.”