Steve McClaren started his press conference at 3:00 pm today and the immediate bad news was that Gabby Obertan will be out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up this week in training.
Rolando Aarons is still not fit and he will also be out for a few more weeks.
Steve McClaren – we are getting to be more consistent
With the two week International break coming up, that will hopefully give a number of our players time to recover, but we have around 13 injured players at the moment according to Physioroom.com.
Steve has just talked about how the team is doing and he thinks Newcastle are getting closer to both being more consistent and knowing what our best team is.
This is some of what Steve has said:
“That’s the type of performance we want. We played well in the first half and defended well in the second half and almost got the result. We fought all the way. We need to be more consistent.”
“We have been inconsistent since the first game of the season. After seven games, we are getting closer to what our starting lineup is. We just need to be more consistent.”
“We want to go there and put in a good performance and have a go.” “After seven games we are starting to get a little closer to our starting eleven, our system of play and our style,”
“We are getting closer. We are progressing. Last week was encouraging, both on and off the pitch.” “I want to go to Man City and give a good performance, play good football with no fear and have a go.”
Newcastle must put in another good performance tomorrow and hopefully we can get something out of the game although the expectations of that are not high among our fans.