McClaren To Concentrate On This And Results Will Come

Steve McClaren has been fairly consistent so far  this season and has told the players to concentrate on how they play individually and as a team – and put in some good performances and the results will come.

Newcastle have had some good performances this season – for instance at Manchester United and at home to Arsenal – but we got just the one point from those games, but the Arsenal game was spoiled by Mitrovic getting himself sent off after only 16 minutes.

lots of fans open day

Newcastle fans supporting the team – taken on open day

So we have played well in some games but still have only 2 points from our first six games – which is two points  worse off than last season, when we also did not start well.

Before the game tonight with Sheffield Wednesday in the 3rd round of the League Cup Steve McClaren has taken time out to thank the fans and to reiterate how he wants the players to play:

“The fans have been fantastic.”  “Two weeks ago we came into the international break and I think things were fairly positive.” “The spirit of the team and the fight was there.”

“It’s typical, an over-reaction to a couple of results.” “But nobody was happy after West Ham.” “The players started the game well against Watford but conceded the two goals.”

“The second half, we asked for and got a reaction, we got a goal back.” “We had chances to equalise.” “If they had done it would have been a great comeback and a step forward.”

“As it turned out it’s a step backwards.” “Results are important.”  “But you have to perform to get a result.”  “Sometimes you can play badly and win but the majority of time you have to play well to win.”

“And that’s what we have said to players.” “We want them to concentrate on performance and not worry about the result.” “We want them to worry about how they play.”

“If they play to the best of their ability and play as a team, the results will follow.”

Newcastle will have to bring in some fringe players tonight because of a few knocks and some injuries to our players , but that will give some of them a good chance to stake a claim to play against Chelsea on Saturday.

Three in five fans think we can win the game tonight – that´s about the same percentage that thought we would win against Watford.

Not sure whether that´s good or bad.

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8 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 23, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #1

    It is indeed a results game Steve. I for one don’t mind a run of bad results whilst work is going on, and if players are playing to the best of their ability and giving it their all – what more can you ask for?

    Do you feel you’re getting that though Steve? I’ve seen a few of these players play better than this. As you keep pointing out, just look to the final game of last season. It is in there, hence the frustration from fans at seeing them perform as they are.

  • John Tudor

    Sep 23, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #2

    motivational skill 0

  • John Tudor

    Sep 23, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3

    tactical brains 0

  • the broons

    Sep 23, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Sorry just seen the supposed link of Thauvin to Barcelona…..

    hahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahha no way hahahahhahahahahahhaha hilarious he comes up with this stuff. I am going out on a limb here and saying that out of all the obscene players we have been linked with in and out the door that is the most hilarious.

    Barcelona only sign good players because they scout them thoroughly, Thauvin is not a good player.

  • the broons

    Sep 23, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #5


    I still aint panicking. I still think once Mcclaren switches on that players like De Jong and Perez have to be in ahead of Cisse then I still think we will come good. Or atleast better.

  • Mag52

    Sep 23, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #6

    I feel we’ve got to give the match today a real go. A win, any win, would do wonders for the atmosphere around the club and for the confidence of the squad, whereas a lose would simply heap more pressure on everyone.
    A strong team should be put out with a view to making progress in this competition:
    Elliot – Jaanmat(capt.) Mbemba Willo Haidara/Colback – Obertan Gini Sissoko Aarons, – De Jong – Perez. 4-4-1-1

  • BeeGuy

    Sep 23, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #7

    If he has his legs back from Watford, this is a good confidence builder for Thauvan. Give Gabby a run with orders to just keep busting down the right wing. Will we see Aarons at left back? If Colo plays, Lasalles at right back? I’d guess he plays Willo. Anita in, sit Colbeck. Perez and Toney up front. Split the night for deJong and Winj.

  • davis_toons

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Thauvin is NO ……Hatem.


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