McClaren blasts 'rubbish' Forest

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Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren insists he would not walk out on the club - despite watching his side go down 5-1 in a humiliating defeat at Burnley in the npower Championship.

Jay Rodriguez got Burnley off to the perfect start with goals in the fourth and 14th minute, before Chris McCann stabbed in the third then Ross Wallace curled in to make it 4-0 by half-time. Ishmael Miller scored a consolation for Forest after the break before Charlie Austin's header poured further misery on McClaren.

And while the former England manager conceded the pressure was mounting, he was adamant the players were equally to blame. He said: "My assessment? Rubbish. Unacceptable for the fans who travelled."

He added: "We talked after Saturday's win over Watford, we talked about needing to keep clean sheets to get results. Every cross that went in we didn't deal with. We looked far too vulnerable. I didn't see it coming but it seems to be the story of the season - one step forward and three steps back. It's hurting us.

"It's for other people to decide about my job but it's not about me or my job, it's about the team and as normal after a defeat like that, we ask for a reaction. That's unacceptable, it was rubbish but our problems are not just [Tuesday night], they're about stopping goals all season. I felt for the fans, travelling all this way."

Burnley boss Eddie Howe, who himself was under some pressure coming in to the game, said: "It was a really good night for everybody and it's given us a lift. It was a great start for us and we took the game to Nottingham Forest but I still think we can do certain things better but we're certainly moving in the right direction.

"Our pressing certainly made it hard for Nottingham Forest to play in the first half and the players are beginning to get to know other each other's games. There's been such changes at the club that it was always going to take a bit of time. Some of the players haven't played a lot of football.

"There's been such changes at the club that it was always going to take a bit of time. Some of the players haven't played a lot of football.

"Jay is a top player and he will only get better. Two goals here and if you add his cup goals to his tally, he's not done too badly with seven goals."

Commenting on his opposite numbers current predicament, Howe added: "Steve (McClaren) has got a fantastic record, he's managed his country. Given time, he'll do a great job at Nottingham Forest."

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