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 all week that good teams and good players are able to back up good performances with another one,” Monk said. “We did that and we executed the plan very well. “We looked dangerous at points of the game and showed maturity when they went to 10 men as we didn’t force the game but took the openings when they came.” Newcastle’s defeat came after an opening-day draw at home to Southampton, and McClaren said: “We’ve learned nothing today apart from we need to keep 11 players on the field. “I don’t think you can judge us on that game and that performance, which is a shame. “It’s kind of a waste of a game when we need to learn about the players and how we go about things.” Newcastle went down timidly to a 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat after right-back 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, after almost bringing him down again inside the penalty area, he was banished for tugging back the Ecuadorian winger deep inside Swansea’s own half. Press Association “You could see their tactics was basically try and kick him (Montero), and full credit to the referee for spotting it straight away,” Swansea manager 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 the former England manager 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. “As always, you make your presence known to your opponent, which we did, but there was one tackle too many. “I thought the red card was harsh, he was a long way from goal and it was a little tug. I thought the referee could have been lenient.” 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”.
Jim Boeheim hasn’t been pleased with Michael Gbinije’s play through Syracuse’s first five games, and he didn’t hold any punches after Syracuse beat Loyola on Tuesday night.“Somehow we got to get Mike to play better, that’s paramount in my mind thinking about this team,” Boeheim, SU’s head coach, said of the junior forward. “Right now he’s, I don’t know where he is, he’s just not effective at all. That’s not something we envisioned going into this year.”Against the Greyhounds (2-3), Gbinije collected two points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and two turnovers in 20 minutes off the bench, as the Orange (4-1) shook a slow start in an eventual 70-37 win in the Carrier Dome. He went 1-for-4 from the field and missed both of his 3-point attempts, and questions about Syracuse’s depth prompted Boeheim to come down hard on the 6-foot-7 Gbinije, who plays three positions, including backup point guard, for SU.Boeheim said he’d prefer to play freshman forward Chris McCullough instead of sophomore Chinonso Obokoh in place of Rakeem Christmas at center, but can’t do so unless his forwards play better. He also brought up Gbinije while discussing the Orange’s top-heavy box scores, where Christmas and McCullough have shouldered a large share of the scoring load.“Mike’s a big piece to our team, he’s a guy who can come in and play all three positions, he’s a guy that can shoot it and get to the basket,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “Yeah, we have to get him going and when he gets going we’re a better team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“At times last year he got going we were a better team. This year when he gets going we are a better team. He’s a person we got to get going and just get him into the groove of the game.”Gbinije was in and out of the locker room after the Loyola game, but his teammates — as well as Boeheim — said that juggling multiple positions shouldn’t affect his game.Syracuse freshman point guard Kaleb Joseph also played 37 minutes, leaving Gbinije just three minutes at point guard and 17 others at his forward spot.On the season, Gbinije is shooting 33 percent from the field and just 2-of-13 from 3. He also has an even assist-to-turnover ratio with six each, and his next shot to find a rhythm will be against Holy Cross at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Friday night.“He’s certainly capable of being able to do that and it’s important for us,” Boeheim said. “For this team, for him to get going, there’s not question about that. I’d say that could be the most important thing right now.” Comments Published on November 26, 2014 at 1:50 pm Contact Jesse: email@example.com | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+