There is only so long that Steve McClaren can ask for time for his team to gel, and last night was another poor performance when we were powder puff up front and Sheffield Wednesday were the better side.
So there goes a chance of winning the League Cup, although the Owls were drawn at home in the next round to the Gunners, so that would have been a difficult one.
Steve McClaren last night on touchline
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But we couldn’t even get through two home ties against lower league opposition, although we did beat Northampton Town 4-1 which is our only win this season in eight games.
Newcastle must improve the results soon, but we have Chelsea and Manchester City next up in the league, and our easiest fixtures have been the last three – but we have lost them all and played badly too.
So it’s not looking too good right now and the first eight games appear to be a follow-on from John Carver – although to be fair we were great at Manchester United and at home to Arsenal.
So where has that resilience and good form gone?
This is what a truthful Steve McClaren said after the game last night:
“There are no excuses.” “We are back in the morning. We have Chelsea on Saturday and we need a fighting mentality.”
“We have got the quality, but we’re not producing it.” “It’s hard to put your finger on but we have to find it.”
“It’s a mentality thing. You can go into those games and feel sorry for yourself, but we can’t have that and we can’t make excuses.”
“I am not here to criticise individuals. Whatever I say will never be enough to vindicate the performance and the result.”
“The only thing we can do is get in the morning and prepare for Chelsea.”
It’s not easy to play for Newcastle or manage Newcastle so maybe our players are feeling the pressure?
But Newcastle need is to get some points in these next two games, as hard as that looks.
But strange things can happen.
Otherwise for the second International break running, Newcastle will be in the bottom three of the Premier League and maybe even rock bottom.
There’s even a chance we can lose six games in a row in all competitions since we have lost our last four games against Arsenal, Watford and Sheffield Wednesday at home and West Ham on the road.
It’s not looking good right now is probably an understatement.
But Newcastle and Steve McClaren can still turn this thing around.