McClaren – Newcastle Must Play At The Right Tempo

For the second game on the US tour Newcastle made a poor start in Saturday night’s game and Sacramento Republic got the better of us in the first half,  and but for some great goalkeeping by Tim Krul we would have been behind at half time.

paul simpson and steve mcclaren

Paul Simpson and Steve McClaren

But things picked up in the second half and again 18 year-old Freddie Woodman produced another good goalkeeping display and made some good saves.

The young goalkeeper has since talked about how Tim has taken him under his wing at Newcastle, and Krul is bringing the youngster through, just like Shay Given and Steve Harper mentored Tim.

Steve McClaren talked about the game on Saturday night in the Chronicle today:

“As always in pre-season we are stepping up a level.”

“We have had a tough week and you could see that in the first half, because we didn’t play at the right tempo against Sacramento Republic.”

“Once we got into the second half we started on the front foot and played 10 yards higher.” “We pressed them better and got more bodies on the box and caused them problems.”

“We got the goal and felt comfortable but then came the red card.” “What I liked was the way they dealt with having 10 men.”

“We didn’t panic and kept the ball probably better with 10 than 11 when trying to press forward.”  “We played with a bit more composure and got through.”

“We could have scored again.” “It is so important that the subs come on and make a difference and they did.”

Newcastle managed to win the game 1-0 through an own goal from a good cross by left back Massadio Haidara.

Newcastle did play very well in those final 25 minutes when we were down to 10 men after Haidara had been sent for a high tackle.

Each player seemed to pick it up a notch and the subs – especially Rolando Aarons – came on and did their job very well.

Results are not all that important in pre-season,  but it’s always nice to win – it gives the lads confidence and good teams find a way to win.

In this pre-season the players and the coaches are trying various things out – and the lads are getting to know the coaches and vice versa.

Tomorrow night against the Portland Timbers is the last game on the US tour,  and then we are at Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon.

Fri 10th July (8:00 pm)Gateshead
International StadiumW 1-0
Tue 14th July (8:00 pm CT - 2:00 am Wed Newcastle time)Club Atlas
Miller Park, MilwaukeeL 2-1
Sat 18th July (8:00 pm PT - 4:00 am Sun Newcastle time)Sacramento RepublicBonney Field, SacramentoW 1-0
Tue 21st July (7.30 pm PT - 3:30 am Wed Newcastle time)Portland Timbers
Providence Park, PortlandL 4-3
Sun 26th July (1:00 pm)
Sheffield United
Bramall LaneD 2-2
Wed 29th July (7:45 pm)
York City
Bootham CrescentL 2-1
Sat 1st August (3:00 pm)
Borussia Mönchengladbach
St. James' ParkL 1-0

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