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This Is McClaren’s Number One Priority At Newcastle

8:18 am, Monday, September 14th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

It’s a fact that Newcastle have conceded 190 goals in the last three Premier League seasons, and that’s an average of over 63 goals a season, which is just far too many goals conceded.

When Steve McClaren came into the job as Newcastle’s head coach in June, he had a good idea of the priorities of what he had to do with the team.

The biggest one was to tighten Newcastle’s defense, which is why he was so pleased that captain Fabricio Coloccini stayed and signed a one year extension to his contract.

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Steve McClaren – defense must be better

Newcastle play at West Ham tonight,  and we must start picking up some point because a defeat by two goals or more will see us propping up the league table tonight.

That would not be good, especially after our very poor start to last season.

This is what Steve has said about Newcastle’s defense:

“We have tried to establish a tighter defense.” “We kind of did that at Middlesbrough when we went in.”

“I try to do that wherever I go – you have got to be organised and disciplined. Players have got to do the work, and I am delighted with how they have been working.”

“It was something I looked at. It was about 62 goals they conceded last season, and that is going to get you into trouble.

“So there were two things we needed to address. Like a jigsaw puzzle, you try and address one thing and you get a problem, you have to take the pieces out and try again.

“We need to find a balance. We want to be a team that is hard to beat, that works and has the spirit, but also a team that on the other side with the ball, can cause teams problems.”

Newcastle have started quite well – we have conceded five goals in our first four games, but we have only scored two goals, the fewest goals any PL club has scored this season.

That’s what Steve means by finding a balance.

It seems the impressive Ian Cathro has been the one to concentrate on Newcastle’s defense and we have seen an early improvement in the way Newcastle defend.

We do have tonight’s game in hand to alter that record of course, but we haven’t scored in the last three league games.

Our next three games are going to be very important, starting tonight at West Ham.

A win would be tremendous.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Sep 14, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    It’s tough to guess who will be the ‘game changer’. I’m not sure SDJ can actually take the pace of the PL,never mind running the pace of a game. Who knows though. That Pirlo guy did it, so did ZZ, and they were both so slow.

    Key players tonight will probably be Widji, Siss, Colb. Thauvin, if they try – and play well Fire 🙂 and… Cisse, who’ll get our goal, were we to win by 1-0…

  • 2 lochinvar // Sep 14, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Are we not planning to Attack Attack Attack until January then ?
    From the BBC
    Newcastle are planning to offer £6m for QPR’s England striker Charlie Austin, 26, in the January transfer window. (Telegraph)

  • 3 lochinvar // Sep 14, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    But then again holding onto the old guard..
    Newcastle manager Steve McClaren will block loan moves for defender Mike Williamson, 31, and winger Yoan Gouffran, 29. (Shields Gazette)

  • 4 Lindisfarne // Sep 14, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    If you don’t score goals, you don’t win matches.

  • 5 Lindisfarne // Sep 14, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    IMO Siem de Jong will definitely be getting another run out against Shef.Wed. next week in the cup game and might be penciled in for a start against Watford at home. They are a counter attacking side and we will need to keep possession well.

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