Newcastle United have suffered from a lack of discipline this season.
The Magpies have endured a poor start to the season, securing just one win in 10 games and heading in to this weekend’s fixture coming off the back of a 3-0 defeat at Sunderland.
That said, performances in spells have been pretty good and half of their defeats thus far this season could be attributed to the fact they’ve not managed to keep all 11 players on the pitch.
Speaking to reporters ahead of his side’s clash with Stoke City, McClaren feels an improvement in discipline will spark an improvement in fortunes and a climb up the league table.
“If we play like that [vs S’Land] and keep 11 players on the pitch, we will win eight or nine out of 10 games. You can see the progress. Some of our football was fantastic and that's progress,” he explained.
“We have shown what we are capable of doing and at times, our football was excellent. We created chances, which we weren't doing earlier in the season, so when I look in the long term, keep 11 players on the park and I can see this team winning games.”
Looking ahead to Newcastle’s upcoming fixture list, the month of November provides Steve McClaren’s men with the opportunity to get some much-needed points on the board.
After hosting Stoke on Saturday, the Magpies then travel to Bournemouth, play Leicester City at home before again travelling to the south of the country to take on Crystal Palace.
With nearest rivals Sunderland buoyed by their victory last weekend, McClaren’s side can’t afford to allow those around them to put distance between themselves, Newcastle and the bottom three.