McClaren On Why Players Need More Than Fire In Their Bellies

Steve McClaren has said he will talk to Aleksandar Mitrovic about his red card this week, as he had talked to Daryl Janmaat after his red card at Swansea two weeks ago.

Steve will also address the topic with the first team squad.

aleksandar mitrovic recieved red card

Aleksandar Mitrovic receives red after only 16 minutes

However, the three match ban will not change his transfer plans – but hopefully if there was anything going on to let Papiss Cisse leave the club before Tuesday night, that will not happen now,  even though Papiss Cisse is not happy at not starting.

This is what Steve told the local press after the game on Saturday:

¨We’ve just got to get that ice in their head in certain situations and be a bit more sensible instead.¨

“We’ve got good staff here and we’ll deal with it. The players will also. It’s something Mitrovic has to look at.¨

“We talked also with Daryl Janmaat about it after his red at Swansea City, and we’ll talk with the group about it.¨

“It’s going out there with fire in your belly and ice in your head, that’s what we want. We don’t want to lose that fire.¨

“If we do, the crowd will be down to 20,000. That’s what they want to see and they’ve seen it on Saturday.¨

¨We’ve just got to get that ice in their head in certain situations and be a bit more sensible instead.¨

“I just thought it was harsh, even the yellows.”

McClaren said that 20 year-old Mitrovic tried to speak to him about the incident after the game, but the Serbian seemed to still be in a daze about being sent off.

Steve McClaren will decide whether to appeal the red card, but there’s almost zero chance the FA would overturn the decision.

Once the head coach has looked at the video of how Mitrovic was ¨over the top¨ in his challenge on Coquelin, there will probably be no official appeal from Newcastle.

That’s even though two in three fans think it should not have been a red card.

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