We have seen over the last two league games that Newcastle have become very strong in defense, so it looks like Steve McClaren and his coaching staff are turning what was a negative over the last three seasons into a positive.
And Newcastle have looked very well organized and we keep a good shape on the field and that’s all good to see after four league games, and it shows the team are well coached by the new team.
But we don’t have many points on the board, but the head coach today has said we’ll look at how we are doing after 10 league games – hopefully we will be in the top half of the table by then.
Steve McClaren – judge us after 10 games
Newcastle were applauded off the field on Saturday for the second league game running, and to hold Arsenal to only one goal after playing 75 minutes with 10 men, was some feat by our lads – it’s just a pity we couldn’t get a point out of that gutsy effort.
The players also looked fitter near the end of the end the game – after they had run their socks off for the cause.
This is what Steve McClaren has said today:
“The first 10 games are always key.”
“We are not looking at the Premier League table until after 10 games.” “We now have a breather and we will come back after the internationals, hope everybody is fit and we will go again.”
“We have to be hard to play against.” “People have to know it will not be an easy game against Newcastle.” “We have to build that reputation.” “That means being hard to beat, solid, strong and organised.”
“We have been like that in the four games – even at Swansea with 10 men for over an hour – at Old Trafford and we nearly did it against Arsenal with 10 men.”
“It is something to build on.” “You have seen the quality of players, we can go forward and improve.”
“What a fantastic crowd.” “When we have 11 players and keep people on the field and start playing they will be our 12th man.”
With only two draws in our first four league games, it means we have only one win in the last 15 league games – so there’s an incentive to beat West Ham at Upton Park two weeks tonight.
In our last 11 league games last season under John Carver, we had just one win in the very last game against West Ham, and one draw and nine defeats – so in 15 league games we have one win and three draws.
So that’s 6 points out of 45 points played for.
Our last win was against West Ham, so hopefully we can beat them again in a couple of weeks and start getting some wins under our belt.