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McClaren Identifies Disappointing Period Of West Ham Game

5:49 pm, Friday, September 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 42 Comments

At his press conference for the Watford game tomorrow, Steve McClaren talked about the game at West Ham on Monday night and said when the coaches looked at the stats after the game the two teams were fairly equal.

Newcastle even had more crosses into the box than West Ham, but the difference was the Dimitri Payet was clinical for them with his two goals.

But there was one period in the game which the head coach said was for him the most disappointing period of the game and it was after the second goal when heads even dropped.

steve mcclaren press confernce

Steve McClaren – disappointed in reaction after to goal

It wasn´t until McClaren brought on the subs – Ayoze Perez, Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons – that we improved and mounted some sort of challenge.

The head coach talks initially about Monday night being a car crash – and at some point a poor performance was bound to happen:

“It´s a little bit like a car crash and you know it´s going to happen and you know you can do nothing about it but wait for it to happen.”

“There are six or seven things which you have to go through and one of them is a bad result and a disappointing performance.”

“The key to Monday night was how we reacted after the second goal. I think before that the reaction to the fist goal was spot on and I think we recovered – still in the game.”

“The reaction to the second goal was the biggest disappointment.”  “We saw a little bit of that in pre-season but fought for the first four games and fought for 95 minutes and dealt with the opponents.”

“I just felt that after the second goal for 20 minutes until Perez came on , and Siem de Jong came on and new boy Aarons came on, and we lifted it a bit but before in between those spells that for me was the biggest disappointment.”

“We talked about that a lot – but again – it´s all part of the process and we move on  and a reaction tomorrow.”

Steve pointed out that Leicester City were two goals down to Aston Villa at home last Sunday with just 20 minutes to play.

But the Foxes came roaring back to win the game 3-2 – so everything isn´t lost when you are two goals down, especially when we still had 43 minutes to go after the Hammers scored their second goal.

We´re almost certain we will get a much better performance tomorrow, but the result is also important and we need the win and all 3 points.

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42 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jamesnufc86 // Sep 18, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Don’t know if this has already been mentioned but all those that are Newcastle United members Coral have just given me an email giving me and all members 10/1 odds on Newcastle beating Watford max bet £5, got to be worth a punt, nice little £45 for your weekend

  • 2 Tsunki // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 3 Tsunki // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    it’s more like a supertanker crashing. A very long process. And much more disappointing.

  • 4 Take a Chancel on me // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Yes after I updated and then downgraded to/from windows 10 I lost all my details and made another account. I’m sick of seeing hospital, had pneumonia and then got taken back in with suspected return of pneumonia but I came back out again. no doubt I will be in and out of hospital in near future as I am waiting on several other ops including a hip replacement.

    Macca needs to realise 4-2-3-1 isn’t working, Colback and Anita are not good enough to be the two and we need 2 up top

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Good to hear from you Take a Chance mate. Sorry to hear about your health problems. Just had a small bit of it myself. Strep throat followed by what they sometimes call walking pneumonia here. All during a big move to a new place. Still not feeling great almost a month later. Your problems sound daunting but you manage to keep a great attitude!

  • 6 GeordieTwo // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    I actually like Cancel Mybimbo. He looks very promising if we don’t ruin him ala Gouffran, Marveaux, and others.

  • 7 toon kk // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Watfords work ethic will be far too much for us to handle.
    James- you’ll lose your fiver mate.

  • 8 Fostino // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    About time mcclaren noticed the talent of Siem. .Rolando..perez. They need to start. We’ve only been saying this fir a whole year.

    Watford team

    Krul. Janmaat. Mbemba. Colo. Haidira. Thauvin. Sissoko. Wini. Rolando
    Siem. Perez.

    Very good team. Mitro…tiote…dummett on their day are the only players who can improve this team.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Certain jobs I do don’t ‘alf interfere with my blogging.

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    I think we’ll tear Watford a new one !

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    He’s quite a sharp dresser is Macca, he looks like something off of Shameless with that scruffy shirt on !

  • 12 Take a Chancel on me // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    G2 gotta be positive matey, hope you are well soon

  • 13 Ron Knee // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Welcome back, TFL.

  • 14 hibbit // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Tsunki VLCC very large crude carrier ………were you based ?

  • 15 bettyswallocks // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Just about to watch the rugby, hoping Krul isn’t watching.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    I wonder if toonbotherer is sitting rocking in his sparsely decorated bedroom banging his fists on his knees praying for a loss tomorrow !

  • 17 toon kk // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Macca is still searching for his best team, the sad thing is there isn’t one, there’s a few better individuals, but down to lack of pace and quality in key areas he’s fighting a loosing battle.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    It is inevitable that Willo and Collocini will line up together at some stage this season, why oh why is this allowed to be happening, it must have a devastating effect on morale knowing that the record goals against CB pairing are protecting your back line.

  • 19 bettyswallocks // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Toonkk…… I agree , but he needs to identify what we need to meet the brief of top 8 and a cup. He has to insist we get what we need and I think he has more chance than we’ve had for a long while.

  • 20 the broons // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    toon kk

    Yeah we are missing out and out wingers who normally supply the team with pace however we have actually quite a fast team. Which is why we should look at the counter attack, Sissoko and Wijnaldumn would be most effective that way.

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Can there be any other two CB pairings in the history of the PL that have more goals against, I don’t think its possible as generally when a pairing so poor concedes that many goals the team normally goes down so they wouldn’t be in the PL anymore to have any more goals counted, another factor is that any team with a pair of CB’s like that would get rid of at least on of them, so I can safely assume that no two CB pairings in the history of PL football has conceded as many. Please anyone could try and find a consistently worse pairing.

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    It is just as easy to say we want to win a cup as we don’t want to win a cup. Try it at home, say to your lass, I want to win a cup, then say I don’t want to win a cup, see if it takes anymore effort.

  • 23 Jib // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    You out there ?
    Praying for a Fijian victory ? – Ha ha ha

  • 24 Rotonda heights // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Mag 52

    your undying love for pardew is only matched by toonbrother’s pathological hate for colo.

  • 25 lochinvar // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Disappointing period of the West Ham Game ?
    That’ll be minutes 1 – 94 then

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Why you leave me out !

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    I thought we were in it for the first eight minutes.

  • 28 angelswithdirtyfaces // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    What is the longest time Newcaslte have gone in the EPL without scoring a goal ?

    Are we approaching a new record ?

  • 29 toon kk // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    The broons
    the sad/ annoying thing is when we do use what pace we have it always turns into nothing, no one seems to bust a gut to really get a shot away. Our service is next to none existent, cisse doesn’t know the offside rule and we spend more time passing backwards than going forward.

  • 30 firebug666 // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Well I for one am confident about tomorrows game.

    I am confident we will lose or maybe scrape a draw if we play anything like we did on Monday, and if we do scrape a draw it will likely be nil nil simply because we just don’t know how to score a goal.

    I hope I’m wrong but so far this season apart from having a little more possession nothing seems to have changed that much.

  • 31 SUTTY1978 // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Janmaat Mbemba Willo Haidara
    Wijnaldum DeJong Sissoko
    Thauvin Perez Aarons

    Rotating front six. Think Jayphoto told me that Cathro’s skill is teaching this kind of thing where all forward players can exchange position, with these 6 it could be possible. Let the defenders defend, let midfield & forwards attack.

  • 32 SUTTY1978 // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Firebug, I think the blog will go mental tomoorow when they find that Anita and Colback are still both playing, the two fellows who offer nothing in terms of stopping goals or creating them. If those two play then we wont win, hang on I’m falling into Toonbrother territory here!

  • 33 SUTTY1978 // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    I expect Troy Deeney to score or assist a goal tomorrow, good in the air, strong and quick, he’s like Colo’s nemesis

  • 34 toon kk // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    I agree with your team, but I bet Macca sticks to his none functional Same set up, a stranded Cisse running on and off side and very little else. Who knows a ball might drop at his feet right in front of goal and he’ll poach one.

  • 35 SUTTY1978 // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Kk, when your tactics rely on a bit of pinball in the box falling to the right man then you’re in trouble!
    McClaren went 4231 against Nothampton, so cant see him going more attacking than that against Watford!
    Annoys me when I hear that he’s still searching for his best team, he’s not doing much bloody searching when it’s the same every week!

  • 36 Shearer.Milburn // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    “McClaren Identifies Disappointing Period Of West Ham Game”

    Just the first 90 minutes plus stoppage time then…

  • 37 Shearer.Milburn // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Just realised lochinvar beat me to it… D’oh!

  • 38 SUTTY1978 // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    We’ve been crap and a bit lucky in all the premier league games so far. The only semi decent performance was the first one against the Saints and we were clinging onto the draw in the last 10 minutes of that.
    Strange that Colback and Wijnaldum have been quoted as saying we have to get back to how we were performing in earlier games, basically turn from really crap back to just crap. If the players think that backs to the wall defending and drawing or loosing are a good level the we really do have problems!

  • 39 the broons // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    I know its a lot of pressure on a young man’s shoulders but Perez simply has to start ahead of Cisse. If the rest is unchanged then I’ll be dissapointed but I kinda expect it. However if Cisse keeps his place then its just rewarding inadequate forward play.

    Players need to learn that noone’s place is for sure, and even though I think Thauvin was worse I think dropping Sissoko to allow for De Jong might be something worth considering. Looked better in his little cameo anyways but also Sissoko needs bringing back down to earth, because he somehow makes his way in the france team he looks around their team and thinks why is my club teammates not as good.

    I notice Deschamps seems to pick a similar team regardless of form mind you. for this season Cabaye has been ahead of Sissoko performance level yet not even a sniff of that team.

  • 40 lochinvar // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Jail for Ashley
    I missed the first eight minutes so I take your word for it !
    Minutes 9-94 it was then !

  • 41 Mag52 // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:22 PM


    Can’t anyone make a simple factual remark in response to a fellow poster without you chipping in with your usual silly ar$e comment ?

  • 42 firebug666 // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:31 PM


    There has to be some changes if we are to progress, so far in the last five games nothing has worked as it should, if McClaren cannot see that then he is no good to us either.

    I totally agree, on Anita / Colback neither have been good so far. play either one or the other, or neither. Drop Wijnaldum back and bring in de Jong.

    I would like to see us be more adventurous, and go for an all out attack (just for variety).


    Janmaat……Mbemba……..Toonbrother’s best pal……Haidara


    Perez………….de Jong………….Aarons

    We know we will concede goals, so maybe we should try going with the Keegan philosophy of scoring more than the opposition, after all it’s points that matter.

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