Steve McClaren Insists He Had To Play Makeshift Newcastle Back Four In US Tour Defeat

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Steve McClaren defended his decision to play a makeshift back four during Newcastle United’s loss to Portland Timbers 2 – insisting some of his senior defenders were not injured but could not be risked on the artificial pitch.

The Magpies succumbed to a 4-3 defeat at Providence Park – their second in three US tour games – despite Georginio Wijnaldum’s goal just six minutes into his debut and a brilliant brace from Rolando Aarons.

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