Steve McClaren has given his press conference for the game at West Ham on Monday night, and some frustration from the head coach is leaking out in his comments.
It’s certainly been frustrating to have two red cards in two of our first four league games, and those came in the first half, so those are the two games we lost – at Swansea and at home to Arsenal.
Steve McClaren – giving his press conference today
The quotes are coming through on what the head coach has said before what is now a very important game at Upton Park on Monday night:
“The start to the season has been frustrating. We have built a platform, we’ve seen evidence of that but we’ve been down to ten men in two of the four games. We have got a good spirit – that’s what we learned.”
“We need the breaks against West Ham and we need to play better football, create more chances and score more goals and the results will come.” “We breathed a sigh of relief when the transfer window closed, so glad we did what we did.”
“The last day of the window was perfect for me. We did our business early. We didn’t need to do anything.”
“The break has been frustrating. You want the games to come thick and fast. We have not shown our quality yet.” “We’ve defended well, shown great spirit, and the players have taken that atmosphere on. I think the fans have appreciated that.
“The short pre-season hasn’t been good for all teams. No team is firing at 100% yet. Nobody is at that level of consistency.”
The big thing as far as we are concerned is the great spirit that Newcastle have shown this season, especially in their last two league games, when we battled famously against two of England’s best sides – Manchester United and Arsenal.
We didn’t get that earlier this year under John Carver, and that for most Newcastle fans is the first requirement in any game – that the lads give their all in the game.
We’ve shone in patches this season, but it hasn’t been consistent, and that’s the kind of thing you tend to get at the beginning of any season, especially when we have four new players in the side.
But with only 2 points from the first four games, we have to start putting the points on the board – and 3 points on Monday night would be great.