McClaren – My Players Died For Newcastle Last Weekend

Newcastle put in what turned out to be a tremendous performance at Old Trafford last Saturday to get a good 0-0 draw, and we had a three on one breakaway in stoppage time, but missed a great opportunity to come away with a win for the second time in three years in that fixture.

That came right after Chris Smalling had hit the post with a header from a corner.

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Steve McClaren on the touchline at Old Trafford

And Steve McClaren has said the stats showed that the Newcastle players worked harder than any other team last weekend in the Premier League.

But we cannot let up form that standard that was set – otherwise we will be on the losing end of the game tomorrow against Arsenal.

This is what Steve McClaren has told the Shields Gazette today:

“Saturday took a lot out of them.” “Some of the players were absolutely knackered afterwards and so they should have been.”

“We did tell them, to get the result or even to get close, they would have to die out there. And they did.”

“We have seen the statistics, in terms of the distances they have run, and from all the Premier League clubs we were the most.”

“It shows how hard they worked in that game.” “They have set a standard for themselves now.”

We have 2 points from our first three tough league games,  so a win tomorrow would take us up to 5 points from four games which would be a very good start to the season for us.

That’s especially true given the four teams were all top eight sides last season. .

But a win will be very difficult to achieve, but if our lads are in form and show the same tenacity they showed last weekend – then we can do it.

More than one in two fans think we can win this game.

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12 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #1

    I should know better than to repost a comment when Ed gets going with the latest updates in the morning!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #2

    I haven’t even seen the groups yet! Will have a look now and post my thoughts.

  • Jib

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Next article please

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #4

    He is teasing us by waiting a bit longer, just when you get comfortable he will move it on….

  • Slank

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Lil @ 3

    I agree with you about Perez and that McClaren will probably stick with Anita and Colback as the anchors in midfield.

    I’m of the opinion that Perez would make an excellent No 10. He has pace, close ball control, an eye for goal, can see a pass but doesn’t shirk his defence responsibilities. He can tackle and always hustles and harries the opposition players.

    My team against Arsenal

    Janmaat – Mbemba – Colo – Haidara
    Anita – Colback
    Sissoko – Gini – Thauvin

    If Sissoko is not fully fit I would play Perez instead of either Obertan and Aarons.

  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #6

    So the team has set the standard by getting a draw? Crazy but i would have thought the standard should at least be set by a win

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #7


    Most of the groups look like they are fairly straight forward on paper. Group B and H are probably the most open, B in particular if De Bruyne stays with Wolfsburg (looking less and less likely now). After that, maybe a discussion on the order of 2nd and 3rd for group E.

    Group A – Real Madrid, PSG, (Shaktar)
    Group B – Wolfsburg (if De Bruyne stays, if not switch Man U and Wolfsburg around), Man U (CSKA)
    Group C – Atletico, Galatasary, (Benfica)
    Group D – City, Juventus (Sevilla)
    Group E – Barca, Roma, (Leverkusen)
    Group F – Bayern, Arsenal, (Olympiakos)
    Group G – Chelsea, Porto, (Kiev)
    Group H – Valencia, Zenit, (Lyon)

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #8

    That is what I expect McClaren to play, wouldn’t be my team though. Still, not far off, and should still operate using the same principles of pinning their full backs in defence and shutting down the space in the middle. Gini has the energy to do the role of pressing their midfield and getting up and down the pitch.

    Arsenal are beatable, they lost to a poor West Ham side on the opening day, squeezed past Palace, and weren’t convincing when shut out at Anfield.

    I wanted 3 points from the opening 4 and 6 from the next 4 when I saw the fixtures, so a draw tomorrow keeps us on course.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Agree that if he starts Colback, Anita and Gini as the central 3 then Perez comes in for Sissoko if he doesn’t make it. I think there is an argument to be had for Perez starting even if Sissoko is fit. Sissoko is quicker though, so for this game I would look at using him.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Ferguson to McClaren to Ian Cathro. The core concepts that sold the job to Macca and now Cathro.
    Macca spoke of a root and branch approach.

    1) Start with the foundation. Bring in young players and build a youth system that will sustain the club for many years. Avoid signing veterans for short term gain success.
    2) Don’t be afraid to make unpopular decisions with team rebuilding in mind
    but make decisions based on what the team will look like in a few years time.
    3) Set high standards with rules and without exception hold everyone to them.
    4) Never ever cede control. Get rid of players if they are creating discord, even if they are seen as an outstanding ( by fans). Don’t worry about whether players or fans will like you or your proposed course of action.
    5) Match the message to the moment. When to criticise players and encourage players publicly and privately will depend on the context of a situation.
    6) Prepare to win. If you’re down 1-0 you might as well put on an extra attacking player and lose 2-0 rather than play conservatively and lose 1-0 anyway.
    7) Rely on the power of observation. Delegate managing practices to assistant coaches so you can simply watch and observe each player.
    8) Never stop adapting as you can control change by accepting it.

  • one fine day

    Aug 28, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Really like that side
    Only because it’s arsenal I’d keep sissoko in as he will bust a gut to impress.
    Would love to give Aaron’s a half too as if we are thinking of countering then his pace could be massive for us but obetan should be no where near the first 11 .
    Already dreaming of mitrovic banging one at the hallow gate end from a dream ball in from thavin

  • one fine day

    Aug 28, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Hallow gate = gallowgate
    Come to think of it. Maybe hallowed ?
    Either way helps with the dream


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