"They gave us a great platform at the beginning and kept it up all the way through. And we need them again for Wednesday.
"It was disappointing, but players have to handle that. David Bentley has to handle that. He handles it the best way, with his performances on the park. Frank Lampard did exactly the same."
Asked if it was fair, McClaren said: "It's people's opinion. It's not fair or unfair, right or wrong. It happens. Deal with it."