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 – 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.