Shelvey was selected to wear the armband, and on the pitch he cut a very frustrated figure, as Newcastle fell to a 3-1 defeat.
The former Swansea City midfielder was quick to point out his teammates’ errors, and he could be seen barking out instructions, as he looked to help his side avoid defeat.
Unfortunately, Shelvey’s motivational techniques did not pay off, as the Magpies fell to yet another loss, which leaves their chances of survival looking slim.
But McClaren was still pleased with the performance that his new captain put in.
He said: “That’s exactly what I want. It’s exactly what they have to handle and put up with because it’s exactly what 52,000 people are doing.”
Newcastle are now stuck in 19th place in the Premier League table, and their form is absolutely dire.
The Magpies have lost nine of their last 12 matches, and they are under pressure to start finding the winning formula very quickly.