Newcastle have 3 points after the first eight league games played and that´s four points worse off than we were last season when we also had a very poor start and some fans were demonstrating against Pardew and wanted him out.
They got their wish when he left for Crystal Palace early in January and they are now 3rd top of the league with 15 points with 5 wins in their first eight league games.
Steve McClaren and Manuel Pellegrini before the game
Steve McClaren after the game tried to put a positive spin on the 6-1 thrashing:
“We re-evaluate all the time,” “What’s happened in the first eight games will go a long way to how the players and everyone within the club reacts.”
“We want to take that hurt and what we’ve done well and take that forward.”
“I’ve said before, I’ve come to grounds, I’ve come to Arsenal and was beaten 7-0 and in May we’re in an FA Cup semi-final and a UEFA Cup final. It depends on the reaction in the dressing room.”
“You’ve seen today the work they’ve been doing, the system that has been in play, against Chelsea and City first half was very good. Then we’ve just let ourselves down in that 15-minute spell.”
“Give credit to Manchester City. That’s why they’ll probably win the league. You can see that within them.”
“They’re licking their wounds from last season and they’re determined now. Sometimes you just have to accept that.”
“When you’re in it, they’re all big,” said the head coach. “You’re absolutely right, it is tough. But we knew it would be.”
“We knew from past history and we’ve said what needs to be done cannot be turned around in a short space of time. It needs patience in the process.”
“You’ve seen in the last two weeks the work that has been done, what this team is capable of doing, how it can play, and we looked in the first half a very good Premier League team.”
“In the second half we didn’t look a very good team. Consistency over 90 minutes, there’s a team in there, we’ve seen that. We need to produce that for 90 minutes now.”
We don´t think we should give credit to Manchester City because Newcastle defended very poorly in that second half after doing well in the first half.
Yes, Manchester City are the best team money can buy, but they lost their last two league games before yesterday.
Steve McClaren and company have to start winning soon, especially when we have some of the tough games out of the way.
Newcastle played every one of last season´s top four in our first eight league games and another two, Southampton and Swansea finished in the top eight last season.
We did well against all of the top four clubs except Manchester City – and that was only in the second half when we didn´t turn up yesterday.
Now we have to show we can do well against the lesser teams in the league and get some wins on the board.