After the game last night in which Newcastle were never really in it. Steve McClaren was interviewed on nufcTV, and the Newcastle head coach was disappointed with the performance and the fact that we were not anywhere near as good as in some of our previous games.
As Steve says it’s often two or three steps forward and two or three steps back, in terms of progress, at the moment.
A stressed looking Steve McClaren on the touchline last night
This is some of what McClaren told nufc TV immediately following the game:
“Very disappointing – a bit of a wake-up call – we cannot come into the game in this Premier League, away from home and not be 100%, and we were not 100%.
“What we’ve been doing for four games in terms of the basics and the platform, and being hard to beat, and organized discipline – we weren’t tonight.”
“We can make an excuse about the travel getting here late – disappointed they didn’t give us extra time to get ready – and you are 1-0 down after 10 minutes – and it’s a bit of a struggle from then on.”
“We kept plugging away and kept going, but no, as I say, what we’ve been doing for 4 games – and we tried to build on that.”
“It’s kind of two or three steps forward and two or three steps back at the moment.” “And it’s going to be like that – these players are new to the Premier League, new to the intensity – I think you saw that in some of them tonight.”
“Technically not up to our normal standards, we need now a reaction on Saturday, it has gone, it’s dead, we can make excuses but we don’t want to do that – no excuses Saturday.”
“We have to give a reaction and St. James’ has to be a fortress and a difficult place for Watford to come and play.”
“Well after that performance, anyone could be a bit worried, but we will have to regroup.” “We have done well for four games, albeit not scored goals and not looked like scoring goals.”
“Tonight, we have kind of done exactly the same – but conceded two bad goals.”
We certainly do need a reaction on Saturday against Watford , and we hope to see the lads go all out from the very first whistle – a win in that game will relieve the pressure on everybody at the club.
We shouldn’t overreact to this poor performance – although it’s tempting to do just that.
Newcastle need a win on Saturday against newly promoted Watford.
What do you think?