McClaren: Pressure got to Toon but I won’t quit

Date published: Saturday 5th March 2016 7:11

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Steve McClaren labelled Newcastle’s performance in the defeat to Bournemouth as “going down material” but insists he won’t quit.

Strikes from Joshua King and Charlie Daniels added to an own goal from Steven Taylor to help guide Bournemouth to a 3-1 win at St James Park and cement Newcastle in 19th in the Premier League.

Newcastle supporters booed their team as they fell 2-0 behind, and Ayoze Perez’s consolation was soon quashed as Daniels’ sealed the win for Eddie Howe’s side.

With reports suggesting McClaren had to win the match to keep his job, the defeat has put the former England manager’s position in huge doubt.

Post-match, McClaren clung on to the fact that Newcastle still have 10 games to save themselves.

“I’m very disappointed,” said McClaren. “That was definitely a poor performance and ‘going down’ material. The only positive is that we have 10 games to go.

“We have got to find the fighters in the team and the performance today did not epitomise that. We cannot play like that and hope to stay up.

“But we are fortunate that we’ve got 10 games and that’s enough. It’s a four-team league now and we play everyone around us.

“There was a certain edginess and you could see that in our play. We lost our shape. Normally we are a good attacking team, but today we were poor on the ball. You can only say that the pressure got to them.

“I can’t see any positives but we have to stick together as a staff and as a team, and fight.”

Speaking about the hostile atmosphere at St James Park, McClaren said: “As a coach you get through this. There are ups and downs. It’s not nice, but I can fully understand it after that.”

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