McClaren says Jack Butland was the reason Newcastle didn't beat Stoke

The Newcastle United boss has been discussing the Stoke City goalkeeper.

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren was full of praise for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland after an impressive display when the two sides met at St James' Park on Saturday afternoon, according to BBC Football.

The Magpies drew 0-0 with the Potters during their Premier League clash and McClaren feels Butland was the only thing denying his side a win.

The shot stopper made four 'great' saves, according to McClaren, but the Newcastle boss is positive about the direction in which the club are headed.

Indeed, he feels progress has been made over the past five games, despite his team only mustering one league win to date this season.

McClaren told the BBC: "Four great saves from Jack Butland denied us a win and got Stoke a point. He was unbelievable and the difference between us and three points."

"We are building, growing and progressing - the last five games - we are getting there. There were lost of positives and the only disappointment is not getting the three points."

Newcastle's draw with Stoke will encourage them. Prior to their 2-0 defeat to Watford last weekend, Mark Hughes' men had been one of the form sides of the Premier League.

Is McClaren starting to settle at St James' Park? Unfortunately, only wins will help him in the long term. If his side are beginning to find their feet, it'll be a big relief for fans.

So far, though, it's just the one win - and Newcastle need that cutting edge. There has been definite improvement, though.

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