Steve McClaren shares his thoughts on Daryl Janmaat incident and reception Newcastle United's squad received

Newcastle United were beaten 1-0 by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium last night.

Steve McClaren has told the Chronicle that he felt Newcastle United’s players received a good reception from their supporters after a 1-0 defeat to Stoke City.

Newcastle’s supporters were housed in the corner of the Britannia Stadium by the tunnel, meaning that the whole squad had to walk past their fans on the way off the pitch.

The reaction that the players got was mixed, with many Newcastle fans airing their frustrations at the performance and result.

Daryl Janmaat actually reacted to the fans’ comments, and was pictured arguing with supporters.

But McClaren insists that the people in attendance gave his side a good reception as they walked off, as they appreciated the effort they put in.

“I don’t know what happened there [with Janmaat], but we came over and tonight I thought ‘oh yeah, that’s a good reception for the boys’,” he said.

“They knew we fought.

“Maybe we’ve reacted to one or two, but there shouldn’t have been - the supporters were fantastic, and we need them again on Saturday.”

Newcastle’s defeat to Stoke means that they remain in the relegation zone, and their terrible away record has continued.

The Magpies were beaten when Xherdan Shaqiri smashed home the winner in the 81st minute.

Newcastle could only muster up five shots throughout the contest, and they failed to show much improvement - despite spending a week training in La Manga in the build up to the fixture.

Newcastle’s next match comes against Bournemouth at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

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