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.
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.