It´s not going to be an easy game on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, but Manchester City have lost their last two league games so it´s not impossible that Newcastle can do well, but we will have to play as well as we did against Chelsea on Saturday.
Once again the first 20 minutes to 30 minutes are going to be important and we have to try to stay in the game and hopefully keep a clean sheet during that initial period.
Steve McClaren – some anxiety on Saturday
Some of the panic and over the top negativity that surrounded Newcastle after we were knocked out of the League Cup last Wednesday night by Sheffield Wednesday seems to have dissipated a little.
But we should have won that game against Chelsea after being 2-0 up with less than 15 minutes to play and we still have just one league win in the last 16 games played in the Premier League.
Steve McClaren admits the game next Saturday will be a tough one.
The 54 year-old was asked what he liked most of Saturday´s good performance:
“The courage to play, especially in that first half.” “Not just defend and defend. We defended ever so well – really compact – and when we had the ball we had the courage to play.”
“It’s tough doing that. You can easily kick it forward. We’ve got to take that on – City is another tough call, so it’s not going to be easy.”
“We demonstrated that we’ve got the right attitude, we can be aggressive, organised and disciplined and play good football.”
Aleksandar Mitrovic made all the difference for us against Chelsea during his comeback game after being out for three games and he played well in the new 4-4-2 formation with Ayoze Perez.
If those two can be a force for us on Saturday we could even get something out of that game before the two week International break.