One is well-liked by Newcastle United fans while the other is on the hot seat, but both Daryl Janmaat and Steve McClaren sounded the same note when it comes to the Magpies’ 3-0 loss to Everton on Wednesday at Goodison Park.
It was obviously a sour one.
The Magpies were again flustered in their attempts to finish despite the introduction of new signing Andros Townsend. Two points behind 17th place and with an absolutely massive home match against West Brom on the weekend, both Janmaat and McClaren know time is running out to embrace realistic opportunities to rise up the table.
Here’s Janmaat, from the Chronicle Live:
“It’s really disappointing. We didn’t play very well and we didn’t deserve anything out of the game.
We have to give a reaction on Saturday for the fans and for the club and for ourselves. We let ourselves down and that cannot happen. We have to get used to the new players and hopefully everyone will settle very soon and we can do better than we’re doing at the moment.
And his manager, from the BBC:
“In the first half we were never really in it. The crowd and the players here were nervous but we did not capitalise on that. Unfortunately we then had injuries in defence which meant we had to reshuffle.
“The new signings will take time to gel. At West Brom we will have 52,000 cheering us on and we will have to show a reaction. We have shown we can react before. Fans want to see fight and we need to show it on Saturday.”
Newcastle will likely enter Saturday’s home match without a pair of center backs. Jamal Lascelles picked up a red card in stoppage time, while Chancel Mbemba left Wednesday’s match early with injury.