​Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has said that his side deserved more than they got from their game against Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, leaving the Emirates empty-handed after a 1-0 defeat. 


The Magpies had most of the chances in the game, but were kept out by an in-form Petr Cech before Laurent Koscielny prodded home in the last 20 minutes to deny Newcastle even a single point.


McClaren told ​Sky Sports: "The players can't believe it [losing the match] in there and we can't either. We controlled the game after the first 10 minutes and there are not many times when you come here and control a game like that. We just didn't have the finishing touch. One soft goal at the other end and we lose the game.

"It seems in the last three games we've done the same. I can't fault the performances but we need to be more ruthless in both boxes. We come away bewildered that we've lost the game."


He continued: "There were a couple [of good chances]. When Gini [Wijnaldum] went through, he's a quality finisher and that's why Cech is world class. He was quick off his line. Then Aleksandar Mitrovic missed after a great pull back from Ayoze Perez but we caused them so many problems and controlled them at the back.


"The last three games we've lost 1-0. One in the last minute against Everton, West Brom in the last 10 minutes and this one but the performances have been there. The fight and spirit, the control of the game and the football, everything has been there just not the finishing touches. 


"We said we'd come here and give it a go. We've nearly done it but we move on now. I can't fault them today. Again, I'm really disappointed we haven't got the rewards from what the performances have been."


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