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.
Those saying the players are to blame not McClaren just remember he looked at Doumbia and Perez on the bench and brought on Riviere #nufc— Premier league talk (@Premiertalk2015) March 2, 2016
Surely the Rivière sub just shows everyone he is absolutely clueless? #NUFC— Jenky (@_Jenky88) March 2, 2016
Is Rivière the worst striker we've had recently? I know its a close call&a hell of a contest but I genuinely think I could do better #NUFC— Dai Rees (@DaiRees1984) March 2, 2016
"Rivière loses his footing in the act of shooting". Whey nar, never from him like. #NUFC— Jenky (@_Jenky88) March 2, 2016
@NUFC_Index rivière comes on instead of Perez and Aarons am I missing something?— Billy Mills (@Billymills113) March 2, 2016
He's got Perez and Doumbia and he brings on Riviere? We're screwed #NUFC— The Spectator's View (@thespectoview) March 2, 2016