It was an awful display last Saturday at Swansea, but the traveling Newcastle fans who had to put up with that kept with the team throughout the game, especially in that second half when we had 10 men, and it became very difficult after Daryl Janmaat had been sent off just before half time.
Daryl Janmaat will not play today because of this last week
Steve McClaren was asked if the fans kept with the team because they were knowledgeable about the game.
This is how McClaren answered that in the Chronicle today:
“I think that is so, so important and credit to them for that.” “It was a difficult game. Once we had 10 men it was a very difficult game to manage.”
“I think at 1-0 we kept the striker on and thought we might hold it if we were strong defensively.” “We felt we were able to maybe get something and stay in the game.”
“Unfortunately they scored the second early.” “I don’t quite know this team well enough yet. But our fans were fantastic.”
“I was just gutted because it was a day when I didn’t learn a lot, and they probably didn’t either.”
“Old Trafford is a fantastic stadium. It’s a bit eery going to warm up there as an opposition manager, and I’m doing it again near enough 10 years later.”
“It’s always a ground I think was lucky for Middlesbrough.” “I’ve heard that it’s not too lucky for Newcastle. Sometimes you get that.”
“We have to try to turn that around and change that.” “It’s another game where we are testing ourselves.”
“The next two games are against two of the best sides in the Premier League, who will both be there or thereabouts in the Champions League also.”
We have never done very well at Old Trafford and the 1-0 win the season before last through a goal from Yohan Cabaye was the only win we’ve had there since way back in 1993, so it’s one win there in 22 years.
It’s going to be difficult to get a result today, but the lads have to play a good game and be resolute, and the defense has to show they can get the job done in tough games like this.
We basically were second best at Swansea last week in those first 20 minutes, and we cannot start slowly today, otherwise the game could be over all too quickly.
We need to see a commendable display from Newcastle today – whatever the result.