McClaren – Only One Lesson We Can Learn From Today


Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren couldn’t say too much after this game, as we basically threw it way in the first half when Daryl Janmaat got himself two yellow cards for fouls on Jefferson Montero after just 41 minutes.

We cannot think McClaren can be too happy with the Dutch International, and he has told BBC Sport it was naivety that cost us the game today.

ayew outjumps colo

Andre Ayew beats Coloccini to head home Swansea’a second goal

Newcastle were beaten by goals from Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew – one in each half – but the lads battled quite well in those final 45 minutes to keep it to 2-0.

After the game this is what Steve McClaren told BBC Sport:

“We didn’t learn a lot apart from it is difficult to win with 10 men.” “A little bit of naivety has cost us, 10 men and your backs are against the wall.”

“We have to dust ourselves down and concentrate on the Manchester United game next week.”

“I’m not too sure whether it was a second booking but we knew he would be a danger and unfortunately we fell into the trap.”

And Steve also talked to local journalists after the game, and said he thought the second yellow card was a bit harsh:

“I thought it was harsh, it was a long way from goal.” “OK, Daryl had made his presence known, which he needed to do.” “It was a little tug. I think the referee could have been more lenient.”

“From then on, it was very difficult.”  “I think the first Janmaat booking, you could see the referee had made his intentions clear.” “If we learn anything, it is emotional control.

“That has cost us, that is the only lesson we can learn – keeping 11 players on the pitch.”

Janmaat fouled Montero more than twice in that first half, and by the time he pulled the Ecuadorian back on 41 minutes the referee if anything had been fairly lenient.

Emotional control is the one thing the players can learn from today’s game –  and we end up with one point from our first two games and now visit Old Trafford next week.

We still have two weeks left in the transfer market so surely we need to bring in another defender?

Comments welcome.



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213 comments so far

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 15, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Thump no it was a corner

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 15, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Ameobi on.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 15, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Old Blackleg had to watch on TV today. Who played well?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 15, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes there is one thing we can learn today, kick out all the crap players, dont really have to be Sherlock Holmes to work that one out.

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  • mickalfas

    Aug 15, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #5

    According to a previous thread , there’s no problem as we’re scoring loads of goals
    Same old shite for me

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  • Noel Worst

    Aug 15, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Pair Mitrovic with Perez and watch the goals flow.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #7

    squelch,
    Apart from Obwrllltoon, who are the crap players that started today, today was pretty much the ‘purple’ eleven.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Noel
    How will goals flow with Mitrovic suspended?

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  • mickalfas

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Welsh
    I think you need to narrow that down, there’s so many
    Last weeks result doesn’t look too good after Evertons result

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  • toon22

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #10

    So Schteve thinks we have learned nowt?
    Shame all the other teams have about us.
    We cant handle crosses into the box.
    Our FBs wont do much to stop players crossing.
    Mitro seems like a head case,just wind him up.

    Thats just off the top of my head.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #11

    What a goal that was well deserved

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #12

    I think Eds just putting the finishing typos to his ‘Charlie Austin – this is what you could have had’ article.

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  • roblee7

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Swansea are absolutely immense. We are very much a work in progress. Janmaat cost us big time but didn’t expect anything anyway against an exceptional Swansea team. I also didn’t expect a point against S’hampton. Don’t be too downbeat lads, Swansea are one of the best teams in the league by a mile. Wish we had Montero, Gomis, Sigurdson and Ayew! 4 top class players.

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  • Graeme

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Nothing wrong with the team Mcclaren has today – other than he has exactly the same defense that has leaked goals at a ridiculous rate for THREE YEARS – other than the addition of a 20 year old (ish) CB.

    Collo was utterly useless today and if they dont sort it out before the window closes, we will struggle all season, just as we have in the previous three.

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Noel I would agree with that and like to see the combination but really really worried with mitro temperament

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  • roblee7

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Swansea a prime example of how to progress. Don’t sell your best players and if you do, replace with better (Gomis). Very jealous of the Swans I am 🙁

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Ayew at 5’9″ is a goliath to our defenders. I’d investigate his socks for springs.

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  • roblee7

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Graeme – My blood boiled when I found out Colo has another year….on what basis? How has he earned that?? Reminds me of the numerous contracts given to Taylor, Ameobi, etc. Mindless

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail

    Gouffran
    Taylor only because he gets injured
    Cisse
    Obertan
    Tiote
    Williamson
    Bigi
    At the moment question mark over sissoko.

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Mclaren “This is the only lesson we can learn from today ?”
    No – there are many
    A. Answer: we need a new CB
    B. Answer: we need a new VOCAL Captain
    C. Answer : we need to change our mindset

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Ffs i forgot about colo

    Ha ha ha

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  • roblee7

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Not to mention Pardews 8 year mega deal. Again, on what basis? One good season? Who the hell dishes these contracts out? Idiots

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Think of the positives. It may give charley a kick up the hoop to bring more in as if we can’t compete with Swansea top half is not a reality at all.

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  • beefman13

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Get Arma back, best not we will fcuk him up as well.Joking aside our midfield though needs some serious bite, toothless beyond belief.

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Swansea.
    Think about it.
    Swansea !

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  • 9

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #26

    C’mon boys: 2 matches (against not world-class teams) 4 goals conceded. Can anyone advise whree we need to strengthen further in the next fortnight?

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  • Noel Worst

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Think Mitro’s temper is being amped up due to the two situations he has been thrown in to and he is agitated as he wants to impress but can’t when the team is shot like last week or down to 10 and out of it like today.

    Looking back at the incident today, he didn’t do anything other than get up quick and look menacing lol. He was fouled, he didn’t raise his arms or anything, actually Taylor did, think his rep is already preceding him.

    Start him and Perez. Perez was pining for a strong partner last season and Mitro will enjoy playing next to somebody with a similar tenacity to himself. Would be a great partnership I think.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Charlie Austin next article claxon!

    He’s just spoken to Sky Sports

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #29

    What owner in the WORLD would have made the decision to get worse after doing so well by chance, what mindset is that, has it really changed ?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #30

    I am not sure buying one or two players will solve anything…would still be a nice addition!

    …we are continuing down the same road as under Pardew! There had been small changes but nothing that has an impact!

    I will assume the new coaches (backroom) will have an impact at some point.

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  • John Tudor

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #31

    we all learn i did i wont go back till he fcuks orf

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  • Klatoon

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Everyone banging on about Mitro but if you ask me, he has that risky edge all great players (especially strikers) possess. And that tackle that riled him was a potential season-ender if his foot was firmly planted on the ground.

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  • Jib

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Last week Ayoze Perez picked up an award for NUFC’s goal of the season (the backheel flick against WBA) yet still has to play one minute of first team footy this season.
    Come on Steve FFS
    Please please please
    You promised clean slates for all
    Don’t prove yourself to be nothing but a gobshite like your predecessors.
    It will break my heart if your detractors are proved right

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  • JackButler

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Didn’t see the game, apart from the obvious did we do okay?
    How did Gini and Mbemba do?

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  • Fostino

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #35

    I think we learned a bit today. We need a defender badly. We need a bit more than colback and Anita in the middle. Cisse was pants. Perez and arrons should be getting more game time. Swansea have passed us out. They have a nice solid set up. Credit to monk. Why put 2 cb on tbe bench..bench was badly picked. Are the likes of vuckic. ..marvo going to get a chance

    On another note. .great to see Armstrong get 2 more goals today.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #36

    JB
    Oh no we were terrible mate Mbemba was good but not sure Gini was on the pitch

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #37

    JB…No!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #38

    WWSBRD

    Thanks mate, were they glaring errors for the goals?

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  • Noel Worst

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #39

    A proper strike partnership! That leaves you to play either 35-2 or 4-4-2

    _______________Krul_______________
    _____Mbemba__Dawson__Van Dijk
    Dunderhead___________________Colback
    ___________Sissoko__Anita
    _______________Wiji
    ________Perez_______Mitrovic

    Michael Dawson is a leader, vocal, very strong in the air and Hull had a solid defence despite going down. 11th best I believe.

    Van Dijk will be heavily coveted.

    Could do with a Colback upgrade in that team.

    A reasonable fantasy.

    I just hope McClaren doesn’t become rigid in his approach like Pardew and remain hell bent on this 4-2-3-1 even when it’s not working like today. Should have changed it much earlier and not risked Janmaat making it to half-time, if he even was planning on subbing him at all. Take the initiative Schteve!

    We’re going to really rue Colo staying I feel. Feels like we haven’t made the clean break we all wanted with him still lingering around, especially as the least imposing mute captain we’ve ever had.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #40

    And I also think we learned…again…that this 4-2-3-1 are doing us no good!

    …I thought SM was a 4-3-3 kind of manager (we are yet to see that though)

    Jib…so your last paragraph is basically your problem! Explains alot.

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