Monday 23 April 2018

McClaren rejects roughhouse claim

Swansea 2 Newcastle 0

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren
Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren

Phil Blanche

Steve McClaren rejected Swansea boss Garry Monk's accusation that Newcastle tried to stop Jefferson Montero with a tactic to "basically try and kick him".

Newcastle went down timidly after Daryl Janmaat had been sent off four minutes before half-time for two bookable offences. The Dutch defender was booked for his second foul on Montero after 17 minutes and he was banished for tugging back the Ecuadorian winger deep inside Swansea's own half.

"You could see their tactics was basically to try and kick him (Montero), and full credit to the referee for spotting it straight away," Monk said after the game.

"Quite rightly the player was sent off in the end. We talked before the game about Jeff being protected, and that's important because it will be a tactic going forward."

But Newcastle boss McClaren dismissed Monk's claim that Newcastle had sought to stop Montero by targeting him for rough treatment, with McClaren insisting his team do not play that way.

"We haven't got a team capable of doing that and I don't think the game represents that now," said McClaren.

"Our team is a football team, not kickers, so I would dispute that. I thought the red card was harsh. The referee could have been lenient."

Monk, however, was delighted after Swansea built on their opening-day draw away to champions Chelsea with a comprehensive victory, courtesy of goals from Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew.

"I talked to the players, and good players are able to back up good performances with another one," Monk said.

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