Newcastle were booed off by sections of the crowd at St. James’ Park, after they failed to beat the Premier League’s bottom side.
And McClaren admits that the negative response surprised him, as he felt his side’s efforts were excellent in the contest.
“Yes I was [surprised],” he admitted.
“They [the fans] know when their team don’t try and don’t put the effort in and don’t show attitude and don’t want to win the game.
“But we were going forward at the end, we opened the game up, put a wide player on for a defensive player [Florian Thauvin came on for Vurnon Anita] and wanted to win the game and went for the game so I was a little surprised.
“But you know you are always going to get that in football and you can’t satisfy everybody.”
Newcastle have taken seven points from the last nine available to them, but frustration still remains at their poor start.
The Magpies are still in trouble, and their position above the relegation zone is far from secure.
As things stand Newcastle are in 17th place in the Premier League table, and they are only two points above the drop zone.
Newcastle’s next match comes at home to Everton on Boxing Day, and McClaren will be hoping that his team can continue their unbeaten run to relieve some of the pressure on them.