After the game on Saturday – a game in which the Newcastle players showed up to a man – Jose Mourinho leveled criticism at Newcastle by saying the attitude of the players was typical of a club that has won nothing.
We agreed with him – it´s hard to argue against that.
Steve McClaren and Jose Mourinho before the game on Saturday
This is specifically what Jose said:
“I think maybe one of the reasons why Newcastle over the years don’t get good positions in the league is because of this mentality.”
“It’s because they choose some matches to sweat blood and in other matches they don’t.” “This is an attitude typical of a team which wins nothing.”
When Jose´s comments were brought o the attention of Steve McClaren, the Newcastle head coach agreed with what Jose had said.
Steve McClaren said this:
“Jose is right. We did it at Old Trafford, against Arsenal and now Chelsea – but you have to do it every week.”
Newcastle played one of their best games of the season on Saturday and we even managed to go 2-0 up – and that was the first time we have been ahead in a league since the first game of the season at home to Southampton, when Wijnaldum headed in that goal to put us 2-1 ahead early in the second half.
But even against an off-form Chelsea side we couldn´t get the 3 points we desperately needed.
But we are hoping that game is a watershed because our players gave everything and they were roared on by the Newcastle fans.
The bond between the fans and the players was never more obvious than when Aleksandar Mitrovic went off after 85 minutes to great applause from the crowd.
But then a minute later Chelsea equalized so it was tough to take at the end.
But we were happy enough with the fighting performance of our players – and we only ask they keep that up – but in every game.
If they do that we have enough skill in the side and enough organization that we may even have a decent season.