Newcastle United have started the 2015-16 Premier League campaign on a less than impressive note.
The Magpies played out a 2-2 draw with Southampton at St. James’ Park in their opening game of the season and went down 2-0 to Swansea City away from home at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
While Newcastle could have won against the Saints at home, against Welsh outfit Swansea they had no chance.
The Swans were the better team from start to finish and deservedly picked up their three points from the encounter.
Jonjo Shelvey set up Bafetimbi Gomis to round goalkeeper Tim Krul and slot into an empty net to give the hosts the lead as early as the ninth minute.
Newcastle went down to 10 men shortly before the half-time interval when defender Daryl Janmaat was sent off for persistently fouling Jefferson Montero, who provided the cross for Andre Ayew to head home the Swans' second and final goal of the afternoon seven minutes into the second half.
Over the course of the 90 minutes at the Liberty Stadium, Steve McClaren’s side had just 34% of the possession, took four shots of which two were on target and earned four corners.
Newcastle head coach McClaren was understandably frustrated with his side’s performance, as shown in the photo above which sums up his current mood.
The Englishman is a very good coach, but at the moment his players are unable to do what he expects of them.
It is still early days, of course, but just one point from opening two matches is not an ideal start to the season.
The Magpies are aiming for a top-10 finish in the Premier League this campaign, and they need to step up their game in the coming weeks.