Newcastle were uninspired and uninspiring tonight at West Ham and the team looked like they were simply going through the motions with no real desire in the team.
Yes the players worked hard but that’s now four games we have played in the Premier League since we drew 2-2 at home to Southampton and we have scored fewer goals than any other club in the English Leagues.
It’s far too early to get worried, but there will still be some worried Newcastle fans tonight simply because 2015 has been a terrible year for the club, and in the 24 league games we have played this year – we have won only three.
Steve McClaren looks like Pardew did after the Stoke defeat
Hey – it’s not that bad!
It wasn’t surprising Steve McClaren was dejected after the game, so were the Newcastle fans who watched it.
This is what Steve had to say:
“Our platform has been hard to beat, disciplined, and this was a wake up call. If we are not right we will get beat.” “I am not blaming the coach journey, you have to deal with that and we didn’t deal with it very well.”
“You need these games, they hurt like mad, but you need them to get the message across.” “It is a wake up call for everyone. In this Premier League you need to be 100% and if you aren’t you get beat”
“This is a journey and it is two steps forward one step back, today was two or three steps back. Saturday is very important for us. Our final ball was poor.”
“We did not do what we have been doing for the first four games when we looked organised, disciplined, won our duels, competed. I don’t know what it was, the journey? We were late getting here.”
“We said before ‘deal with it’ but maybe we didn’t deal with it. It is a wake up call for everyone. In this Premier League you need to be 100% and if you aren’t you get beat.”
“Big wake up call and now a big reaction on Saturday we need. I don’t want to make excuses but the journey wasn’t the best preparation.”
“Could we come away and create chances tonight? Our final ball wasn’t of the quality of West Ham which is why we lost. It is in the heart and the head and we need a reaction.”
It’s still early in the season, but we need to see a much more committed performance from the side on Saturday at home to Watford.
Newcastle were late by 40 minutes to the stadium because of the heavy London traffic, and they would have been rushed in their preparation for the game – they had about half the time to prepare and warm-up – but that’s sounds too much like an excuse.
It’s also an opportunity for the head coach to make some changes in the starting line-up on Saturday, and maybe give chances to Ayoze Perez and Siem de Jong.
And I’m listening to my wife Madeline of 43 years – she’s just be in to see how the game went – and she says it will only get better – and she’s nearly always right – although she knows absolutely nothing about football.