McClaren explains his simple message to Newcastle squad ahead of Sunderland clash

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren has given his side three main instructions for Newcastle's players against Sunderland.

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has told BBC Sport that he has a simple message for his squad ahead of this weekend's game against Sunderland.

The Magpies showed what they can do with a 6-2 victory over Norwich City last weekend, as Georginio Wijnaldum racked up four goals in a superb performance.

That was McClaren's first Premier League win in charge of the Magpies, and this weekend he faces his biggest challenge so far - a short trip to Sunderland.

The fierce rivalry between the two North East clubs hasn't gone Newcastle's way in recent years, with Sunderland winning each of the last five games between the two clubs.

New Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce - a former Newcastle manager - will be looking to make that six wins in a row at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, in what promises to be a closely-contested match.

Speaking to BBC Sport, McClaren has explained three things his players must do this weekend, and vowed to give his players a simple message ahead of the game.

"My message to the players is simple; Win every personal battle, handle the occasion and be disciplined," said McClaren. "If we can do all that and put one or two of our chances away then we can come away with the positive result we all crave," he added.

After a torrid start to the season, Newcastle have some hope after last weekend's game, and with Sunderland still without a win this term, Newcastle will be looking to pile on the woes for the Black Cats.

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