No plans to change Newcastle United approach – Steve McClaren

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren.
Newcastle manager Steve McClaren.

Steve McClaren has no plans to change his side’s style of play despite slipping into the bottom three having failed to win so far this season.

Newcastle are 19th, level on points with bottom-side Sunderland, having picked up two points from their opening four games.

With 11 or 10 players, that’s what we showed. There can be no change in our approach, no. We’ve got to be like that.

The fixture list hasn’t been kind, with games against four of last season’s top eight, but twice going down to 10 men hasn’t helped either.

McClaren though wants his side to continue with the same physical approach.

“I think everybody wants to see the game played that way. You can’t take it away,” said McClaren after the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at St James’s Park.

“This is what northern people are. They’re working-class people and you’ve got to show spirit and fight and attitude and wanting to win.

“With 11 or 10 players, that’s what we showed. There can be no change in our approach, no. We’ve got to be like that.

“We need to be a little more controlled in certain situations but we’re very young, the youngest team in the Premier League with (Steven) Taylor going out and (Chancel) Mbemba, coming in.

“There’s a lot to work on. It was disappointing because it’s not really a contest when you play 75 minutes with ten men.”

McClaren felt referee Andre Marriner was rash in his decision making, with Newcastle also picking up six yellow cards.

“I don’t think that was a dirty game. Football’s a contact sport and you have to impose yourself, against Arsenal especially.

“There were fouls, but I thought it was an over-reaction.”