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.
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.