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No Change – Newcastle Will Always Show Spirit And Fight

8:54 am, Monday, August 31st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

For the second weekend running Newcastle showed considerable spirit and fight on Saturday in the 1-0 defeat at home by Arsenal, but the big factor on Saturday was the sending off of Aleksandar Mitrovic after 16 minutes, and it was always going to be hard to get anything out of the game with 10 men.

But we ended up losing only 1-0 through an own goal from Fab Coloccini as an Oxlade-Chamberlain shot was deflected into the goal after 52 minutes.

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Steve McClaren on sideline on Saturday

Newcastle have come under attack for the way they play the game, and Arsenal players were writhing in agony on the pitch whenever any strong challenges came in from the Newcastle players – and we noticed they all made remarkably quick recoveries.

McClaren wants his side to continue with the same kind of physical approach we have seen in all the games this season:

“I think everybody wants to see the game played that way. You can’t take it away.”

“This is what northern people are. They’re working-class people and you’ve got to show spirit and fight and attitude and wanting to win.”

“With 11 or 10 players, that’s what we showed. There can be no change in our approach, no. We’ve got to be like that.”

“We need to be a little more controlled in certain situations but we’re very young, the youngest team in the Premier League with Taylor going out and Mbemba, coming in.”

“There’s a lot to work on. It was disappointing because it’s not really a contest when you play 75 minutes with ten men.”

“I don’t think that was a dirty game. Football’s a contact sport and you have to impose yourself, against Arsenal especially.”

“There were fouls, but I thought it was an over-reaction.”

We should hear today whether Newcastle will appeal the red card that Mitrovic picked up – but we doubt the club will bother – we have no chance of winning an appeal.

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  • 1 toonbrother // Aug 31, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    all the spirit and fight in the world cannot make up for an inherently bad defence
    secret to a successful team is having FOUR viable defenders
    and not giving the captains armband to the worst defender in the league

  • 2 Bobbybee // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Toonbrother, did you watch the game on Saturday? From where I sit – and I have a pretty good view – Collo had a great game. The deflected shot was just unlucky and happens to every defender at some time. Granted, his first two games were poor, but that can be put down to a lack of proper pre season. He was motm at OT, then performed well this weekend.

  • 3 SUTTY1978 // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    So the entirety of the north is working class, jesus Pardew wouldn’t even have said that. McLaren starting with the under pressure guff talk. Looking like the repeat of last season with no wins in the first seven league games. We went on a little run after that which ended up keeping us up. What if that run doesn’t materialise this year?

  • 4 SUTTY1978 // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Bobby, Colo isn’t bad when we are backs to the wall because everyone is deep and he has other players around him covering. In a normal game where we are not playing 10 (or 9) in defence then he gets taken apart in one on one’s, either by pace or in the air. That’s the way he’s been playing for 2 years.

  • 5 martoon // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    I was sitting next to an Arsenal fan at the match. Even he was embarrassed at some of the yellow cards and the way they went down as if they had been shot!

  • 6 murvar // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Toonbrother always slags off Colo despite the evidence. Our defence has unquestionably improved since last season – the performances against Man U and Arsenal show it. Ignore Toonbrother – he’s unbalanced.

  • 7 BandB // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but there are a few bum notes in this interview which set a few alarm bells ringing.
    As someone else has said, there’s a tone deafness in this that has mild hints of Carver about it.
    I have lived here for the greater part of my life, and I’m not sure I’d like to offer a view on what Northern people are.
    I can’t work out what point he is trying to make, and particularly, why?
    It reads like a string of non sequiturs, and if I was interviewing this guy I would have left feeling vaguely uneasy.

  • 8 toonbrother // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    @4 SUTTY1978
    You’ve singlehandedly restored my faith in my fellow NUFC fans with that post.
    God bless you!
    Notice we were actually more solid defensively when we went down to 10 men than we were with 11.
    Because we sat deep and did not leave any room for colo to be exposed
    Same thing happened at old trafford: We played so deep his pathetic lack of pace, lack of aerial ability and clumsy tackling were never really tested

    The problem is this
    We cannot play this way every week
    We cannot park the bus against every opponent
    And the minute we open up we WILL concede with colocinni on the pitch. This is what happened v Southampton and Swansea
    It will continue to happen.

    This is why I say it will be extremely difficult to win a single game this season as long as he plays
    Our bottom of the league status IS NO ABERRATION
    This is a true reflection of where we are relative to other teams right now

  • 9 firebug666 // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    You know when he says “This is what northern people are. They’re working-class people and you’ve got to show spirit and fight and attitude and wanting to win.”

    How many of the first team are “northern people”? We have Colback and possibly S. Taylor but he was born down south I think. The rest of the team are not even English never mind from the north.

    So is he saying it is us the “northern people” who should be showing the fight, the spirit and the attitude?

    I have to say he has totally lost me here.

  • 10 Bobbybee // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    The fixtures haven’t been kind to us, that’s for sure, but things do improve. We’ve still got Chelsea and City to play soon, but between that we’ve got West Ham and Watford, then a run of games after City that are all winnable imo. Too early to be worrying yet. We’re better than last season and Mitrovic apart – a solvable problem – the new lads have all added real quality to the team. Given time the team will gel and success will follow.

  • 11 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Don’t see the confusion.

    As Geordies, the least we expect is to show the right attitude and a good level of determination. We don’t expect miracles but fight and desire from the team at the very least.

    I get where he is coming from.

  • 12 toon kk // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    I think our defence and whole team is definitely working harder as a unit however we still lack pace and get the ball taken off us far too easily.
    We also need more cutting edge in front of goal if and when we can actually get up the pitch.

  • 13 Sav // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    This is all deflecting attention from the fact we just could not get the ball off Arsenal or Swansea or even off a poor ManU side. By fair means or foul.
    Trapping, passing and moving are what Macca needs to be schooling this week. Talk of coloured cards is neither here nor there when we could muster only 1 corner and not one shot on target over 90 minutes and the previous 2 matches were not much better. Mitrovic may be one to watch for the future. But if his one advantage over a fit and clinical Cisse is his hold up play, he failed miserably. If we lose Cisse because of favouring the untested Serb, we will be in trouble. Cisse is our no,9. He scores regularly when given the chance. The centre-forward position should be one Mitro earns.

  • 14 chuck // Aug 31, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Is that the same spirit and fight we showed to-wards the latter part of last season ?

    The problem with this club is still the same, a lack of willingness by our owner to hire the right top management, his obvious lack of trust which has resulted in only hiring yes men and he making the actual decisions, combined with a somewhat chaotic system in regard to the roles of head coach, head scout and the so called GM, are all an example of poor management and if he actually thinks he by retaining control, will result in his eventual getting it right, is no more than laughable.

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