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Magpies Can’t Handle Adversity – McClaren

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has admitted that his squad are struggling to deal with the pressure of fighting for their lives in the Premier League.

McClaren has failed to help the north east giants turn a corner since his appointment over the summer, having won just two of their 14 league outings to date.

Newcastle sit one place off the foot of the Premier League table, with a five-point cushion over rock bottom Aston Villa.

The Magpies travelled away to take on Crystal Palace on Saturday, with former boss Alan Pardew in the dugout for the Eagles.

The away side took an early lead at Selhurst Park through Papiss Cisse but failed to hold on to that advantage as Palace quickly turned the game around.

James McArthur, Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha all bagged before half-time and McArthur and Bolasie grabbed a second apiece to make it 5-1.

The former England boss admitted that his men need to quickly raise their level of performance and he intends to have them back on the training ground on Sunday to prepare for their next outing against Liverpool.

McClaren said: “You’ve just got to keep doing the right things, you’ve just got to keep driving, just got to keep going, just got to keep highlighting – because what we’re doing, we’re not handling adversity very well.

“We started the game brightly, we asked for a reaction [to last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Leicester City], we got that in the first 10-15 minutes, we got the first goal and we looked bright.

“A couple of mistakes we end up 3-1, a fourth after that and we were never going to come back.

“As I say, these players have got to come through this, we all have to come through it, but there’s no one more determined than me, starting tomorrow morning.”