Steve McClaren has hit back at Garry Monk’s claim that Newcastle United only turned up at the Liberty Stadium to kick his Swansea City side.
The Magpies tried and failed to keep Jefferson Montero quiet during the 2-0 defeat in Wales with Daryl Janmaat sent off for two fouls on the Ecuador star. By the end United simply could not live with the former La Liga man.
In his post-match press conference, Monk said: “Their tactic was to kick Montero but the ref spotted it early on and Janmaat was rightly sent off.”
However, McClaren responded: “I don’t think we are capable of doing that. We don’t have a team capable (of that).
“You could see from the game we were playing football and we came back into the game and tried to play. I don’t think the game (allows) that now. I don’t think there is any of that in the game anymore.
“Our team is a football team and not kickers and we would dispute that (Monk’s claim).
“As always you make your presence known to your opponent which we did but it was one tackle too many.”
The red card – and one-match ban for Janmaat in the next game at Manchester United – capped a miserable day for McClaren and Newcastle after their 707-mile round trip.
When asked his feelings and whether the game had been a disappointment, McClaren said: “We have learned nothing today. We learned so much last week but we learned nothing today – apart from we need to keep 11 players on the field.
“You can’t win in the Premier League with 10 players, it’s very difficult – especially against a very good Swansea team. Once we went down to 10 men and we lost (Moussa) Sissoko as well it was a mountain to climb.
“I don’t think you could judge us on that game or performance which is a shame for us when we need to learn about the players. It’s very disappointing.”