Steve McClaren’s own professionalism and that of his top coaching staff seems to be starting to rub off on the Newcastle players, and essentially the second team played well last night in beating a gallant Northampton Town side 4-1 at St. James’ Park.
Florian Thauvin after scoring first goal last night
There were some good performances all over the field, but Florian Thauvin on his starting debut scored after just thee minutes and then provided the crosses for the other three goals – so his crossing ability is already paying off for Newcastle.
He was outstanding and got a standing ovation when he left the field after 65 minutes with Newcastle 4-1 up.
This is what a delighted Steve McClaren said after the game starting with Florian:
“I thought he was very good.” “He had 20 minutes at Old Trafford but he showed his quality on the night, and he has been terrific in training.”
“You never know what to expect but we have seen a lot of him and he has great ability.” “The key thing is he can score and assist and that is going to be a big asset for us.”
“I thought attacking-wise we looked more of a threat than we have done in previous games.” “The squad is coming together very nicely.”
“It was good to see Ayoze up front with Papiss Cisse being ill.” “It was good as I have never seen him there before.”
“The movement of the front four was great, you always want them to be a threat.” “There was good link up from Siem de Jong and great penetration from Ayoze.”
“Rolando’s pace also caused them problems.” “I was pleased with our attacking side.”
Newcastle have drawn Sheffield Wednesday at home in the next round of the League Cup, so there’s an opportunity for us to advance in that next tie.
Moussa Sissoko is also back in full training and should be available for the game at home to Arsenal on Saturday.
After a good performance from a number of Newcastle players last night, McClaren will have selection problems for Saturday.
That’s exactly what we want to see.