Newcastle United fans react on Twitter to Steve McClaren's decision to bring on Emmanuel Riviere

Newcastle United lost 1-0 to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium yesterday.

Newcastle United supporters have been left fuming by Steve McClaren, after he brought on Emmanuel Riviere to replace Yoann Gouffran at the Britannia Stadium last night.

With Newcastle struggling to make a breakthrough in the Potteries, McClaren turned to his bench to look for a striker break the deadlock.

However, rather than bring Ayoze Perez or Seydou Doumbia on, he opted to turn to Riviere.

The French striker scored just one goal in the Premier League in the entirety of last campaign, and he has only recently returned from injury, but McClaren seemed to trust the former Monaco man.

It was a decision which backfired. Stoke went on to score the winner moments later through Xherdan Shaqiri, and Newcastle supporters were left baffled by the change.

McClaren was already under pressure before last night, but Newcastle’s poor display has increased frustrations at St. James’ Park even further.

Newcastle only mustered up three shots on target, and they did not show much attacking intent before falling behind. 

The Magpies put in a display well short of the standard required, and they remain in the relegation zone after the defeat.

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