The game against Chelsea on Saturday reminded us a little bit of the game we played against West Ham in the last game of last season, when we had to do well – we had to win it – in case Hull beat Manchester United at home.
It wasn´t a must win on Saturday, but we had taken only 2 points from the first six league games and we had lost our last four games in all competitions – so things were not good.
Steve McClaren – on the touchline on Saturday
But we got a great performance from the players and when we went 2-0 up after an hour we should have won the game – but we didn´t.
In the end we got one point which is better than suffering our 5th successive defeat.
The big positive was the great performance of fight and spirit from every single one of our players with some fine individual performances, and the team also played well together.
Steve McClaren often talks about that final game of last season – about the togetherness that was present, and he thought Saturday was similar.
The crowd and players were together – and that´s a powerful combination at St. James´ Park.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about the game:
“It’s difficult to know what to think after that, and then you have got to try to come back down and put it into some kind of perspective, and that’s what we must do.”
“Put it in perspective in terms of performance, in terms of reaction and in terms of what we have got.” “What you got was a collective togetherness, which we talked about a lot.”
“And that wasn’t just the players and the dressing room and the staff, that was the supporters because after this week, the supporters could have just waited and seen what was going to happen.”
“But they didn’t, they responded from the first whistle and that’s what’s unique about this football club, this set of fans, and the players responded and gave a performance which was more like what we want.”
“Attitude, character, organised, really disciplined and courage to play, and we played some good football.”
“In the end, we could have won it; in the end, we could have lost it.” “With five or six minutes to go, the momentum had swung and to hang on in there, yes, it was a good display.”
“But that’s the benchmark now, that’s the standard.”
Next up is a game at Manchester City next Saturday and we want to see the same kind of display at the Etihad whether we win, lose or draw that game.
There´s no excuses now.
Howay The Lads!!