McClaren bemoans ignored request

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has revealed he requested to have Monday night's clash with West Ham United delayed after arriving late at Upton Park.

The Magpies travelling party saw their preparations severely hampered after the team bus was caught up in traffic prior to the match.

As such, McClaren's men only had around ten minutes to warp up, with Premier League officials rejecting the Newcastle manager's request to push back the kick-off time.

McCalren intimated the series of events leading up to the match had an adverse affect on the performance of his team.

"We felt the preparation wasn't long enough. We asked the referee," McClaren said in his post-match press conference.

"I've been in football long enough, and it's usually permitted. It wasn't. We had to deal with that.

"I think it was the Premier League that made that call."

Monday's result leaves Newcastle languishing at the foot of the Premier League table following three defeats and two draws in their opening five fixtures.

McClaren admitted his side didn't "do the basics", but has backed his players to produce a much-improved performance against Watford on Saturday.

He added: "We've got talented players. We didn't do the basics tonight well, which we've been doing for four games.

"It's a process, this is normal. These type of nights and games, you don't like going through them. It's painful, but sometimes you have to learn about your individuals and your team.

"We have to learn and move on, and make sure we give a reaction on Saturday [against Watford]."

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