News in the local press today that Steve McClaren was not a happy man after the 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Monday night, and read the riot act to the Newcastle players in the dressing room.
Certainly the result and performance has led to pundits already saying that Newcastle could well be relegated this season, and when you look at our record this year, it’s simply hopeless – maybe pathetic is a better word – with just three league wins in 24 games.
We have 15 points out of the last 72 points played for.
An unhappy Steve McClaren at end of game Monday
Slaven Bilic doesn’t look much happier – and he won
Steve McClaren’s poor start to the season has come after John Carver’s disastrous reign at the club – so things are certainly not good at the moment.
But hey, it’s nothing that a decent performance and a win will not put right tomorrow against Watford – the result tomorrow is all important.
Steve will give his press conference today, and we may hear more about injuries to Dummett, Williamson and Taylor, and he may give some hints about the potential starting line up for tomorrow.
Steve has hinted that nobody’s place is safe:
“After Monday, any player could be a bit worried (about being dropped),” he said. “We haven’t scored goals or looked like scoring goals.
“We need a reaction on Saturday – no excuses – we have to give that reaction. St James’ has to be a fortress and a difficult place for Watford to come and play.”
We are hoping it was just a bad performance in London, possibly caused by arriving at th ground 40 minutes late and the players having had to walk the last mile to get there just 50 minutes before the kick-off.
That’s possible although it does sound too much like an excuse.
But it’s now up to Steve McClaren and the players to show they are a (much) better team tomorrow against a hard-working and well organized Watford side.
You can be sure Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores will make it hard for Newcastle to score – something we haven’t done in the league since August 9th, in our first game against Southampton.
What was the reason we didn’t sign Charlie Austin again – he’s scored five goals in his first six games for QPR this season, albeit in the Championship.
But he would have hit the ground running whereas Aleksandar Mitrovic will take some time to adjust the English football and not receiving so many yellow and red cards.
Newcastle should be planning now to get Charlie in during the January transfer window, and he could make an immediate impact for us.
What do you think?