Newcastle’s next game is a week on Monday at West Ham, and it follows the International break so when we do kick off in London it will be 16 days since we went down 1-0 at home to Arsenal and had Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off.
These breaks are always a worry for head coaches because they have their best players away on International duty and they can come back injured, which is happened a number of times with our Newcastle players.
Steve McClaren – dancing on the touchline against Northampton
Were we really that good?
McClaren and his coaching team will have time with the players left to do some coaching and Florian Thauvin can get a lot of practice in with those free kicks and corners.
The 22 year-old Frenchman will be our dead ball specialist this season – which is one reason he was brought in by Steve McClaren.
Steve was asked about the International break and this is how he responded:
“We want to keep playing, because that’s when I learn. The games are the test.” “We want to get this team winning as quickly as possible.”
“At the present moment, we’ve got good experience in people like Colo and Steven Taylor.”
“You always need experience, and then the youth can give you exuberance. It’s just about getting the balance right.”
West Ham had a good 3-0 win at Anfield on Saturday, and started the season with a rather sensational 2-0 win at the Emirates.
But in their two home league games they have gone down 4-3 to Bournemouth and 2-1 to Leicester – so it looks like they are a better road side at the moment.
A win at Upton Park will be a welcome 3 points for Newcastle, and will help calm the nerves of Newcastle supporters – who are hoping we can make a better start than we did last season.
Last season we got only 4 points from our first 7 games, and the Sack-Pardew crowd was formed, and to this day they have remained anonymous.
It will be interesting to see how well Newcastle have done after seven league games, with games at West Ham, and at home to Watford and Chelsea coming up.