McClaren – We Will Turn This Club Around But We Need Fighters

Steve McClaren seems to have hit the nail on the head when he says that when Newcastle concede a goal there are too many heads drop and when Manchester City went ahead yesterday early in the second half it was apparent that heads dropped.

Manchester City took advantage of that period by scoring another four goals to go 6-1 up before Newcastle woke up a little bit and managed to play the game out without any further damage.

At one point it looked like we could concede a lot more than six.

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Steve McClaren going through some pain yesterday

Another way of saying what Newcastle´s problem is that too many of Newcastle players are not mentally tough enough and they need to toughen up in games – and quickly too.

We have seen them do it in some games this season – at Manchester United and against Arsenal and last week against Chelsea, although we wilted a little bit in those last 12 minutes to give up two goals and our potential first league win of the season.

But our lads got great credit for how they played against Chelsea.

This is what Steve McClaren said after the game yesterday:

“In the last 12 to 18 months that has been the problem at this football club.”

“We’re here to turn that around and we’re going to do whatever it takes to turn that around and you’re absolutely right – that is a difficult job. That is a tough job to do.”

“But we’ll do it. We’re determined to do it and get back to work on Monday.” “As you say, this is not just happening now. This has been happening for 18 months.”

“We have to turn it around.” “They’re going to have to start getting that mentality otherwise we’re in the fight for the rest of the season.”

“We’ve pointed that out over the last few weeks and, to be fair, the performances over the last two games have been ones of fight and quality – there’s a team in there.”

“We’ve just got to have some consistency and we have to deal with setbacks a little bit better than presently.”

“As you say it’s something in the history and we knew it would be hard to turn around.”  “We’re in a fight, and what do you need? You need fighters.”

“So we have to come out in two weeks’ time and fight.” “The team’s capable of doing that. There’s top quality there.”

“In the first-half we came here to the Etihad to win.” “If we got the second goal it might have been different. It wasn’t – we have to react better to goals that go in.

Newcastle´s next several games are games we can win – even the game at Sunderland coming up.

We have lost the last five because the Sunderland players have been ready for the derby games and Newcastle players have not turned up.

The Sunderland game will be a huge test of the characters of our players – they must turn up for that game otherwise we´ll lose  for the sixth time in a row and maybe be marooned at the bottom of the league too.

The club will also need the fans to stick with the team during this crucial period before the end of this year.

They went through hell and high water yesterday, but they still were singing at the end of that game.

That´s what we call courage and bravery – real supporters in every way – they were fantastic – maybe the players can take some inspiration from those away supporters?

That would work.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Rewatched the first half today. On the ‘offside’ goal, when the ball was played down the line, both players in the middle were offside, although not when the ball was crossed. So I guess the linesman flagged when they interfered with play in the second phase. Is this how the offside rule works this season? Where’s Jeff when you need him!

  • beefman13

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Mclaren, has this just wait i told you so thing going on, we are frickin sick of waiting, how do you propose to get some if any consistency? all this positive stuff
    straight out of the psycho babble chair, there are things broke at this club, we have a manager who gets the pedler everywhere he goes, MA dosnt sack managers, but i have an awful feeling about Mclaren, but knowing our mentality a win against Norwich which is no forgone conclusion, and a win against the mackems which is no forgone conclusion and everything will be tickety boo in the NUFC rose garden.

    By the way nothing is rosey at NUFC and hasnt been for many years, everyone is dragging their knuckles again. what a fricken club this is.

  • ToonArfa

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Janmaat mbemba colo mbabu

    Would we ever get to see this line up/formation?

    And sissoko not playing on the wing?!

  • ToonArfa

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Or even..
    Thauvin——-de jong——–perez

    And make de jong the new captain!

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Chancel, they’re not offside unless involved in the play. They weren’t offside when the ball was first played, because they weren’t involved. That phase ends when the next player touches the ball, so the cross is a seperate phase from when they were technically offside. It’s a different player making a different pass, so the question is ‘were they offside when the cross came in.’ As it came across from in front of them, then offside isn’t an issue. To be offside, the ball must be played forward. As it wasn’t, they couldn’t be. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Ashley Out!

  • chicousa

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Either of those starting lineups would be good to try with 2 differences: Dummet for Colo (if Paul can ever get fit), and Aaron’s for Thauvin (if Rolando can also get fit again).

  • NewcastleMole

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Center Midfield we are so vulnerable.
    Colback & Anita are squad players at best. We need rough houser and a magician

  • ToonArfa

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Chicousa, colo is good just not a captain and hes made to look average by his weak midfield in anita goof and colback… we need the big powerful players sitting in there like sissoko wijnaldum tiote I dont know why he hasnt. Instead hes opting to go with those players on the wing where they offer little going forward. Thauvin is also a good player but people are forgetting that he actually had a good first few games for us, he was the one that got dropped and made to look average when the whole team havent been doing well. I do agree about rolando being introduced though, i think he should be eased into it like come on a sub in league games and feature more in cup competition etc

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Nobody ever said this would be repaired with a magic wand. It’s going to take hard graft and time, whether we like it or not. Shocking start, but it was a very difficult start as well. Not what you need when bedding in a new look side, but we are now past that. Basically, our season starts now – playing catch up. The fans were brilliant again Saturday and have, in general, given the team great support this season. Not one thing about this is going to be easy, but by sticking together, we can get through it. Macca knows where we need to strengthen now himself and needs a big say in who we buy in January – and buy we must. Those additions added to the four we bought in the summer should make the second half a lot easier than the first. I can’t see Ashley changing the gaffer for a long time yet myself, so his success will be ours, just as his failures will be ours. A good enough reason to back the man imo.

  • beefman13

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Colo, captain or not should be benched, the worst ball watcher i think weve had for a long time, and this turning his back on shots coupled with him being mute mean
    he`s is possibly the worst captain i can remember, just what hold does he have over this club?????

  • chicousa

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Aye, the away Toon support was fantastic yesterday! The team need to find that same fighting spirit and never quit attitude! Mitrovic has it! Janmaat has it! Ayoze has it too. Maybe Gini started to show it as well. But Colo, Anita and Sissoko are too easily shaken into defeatism and pessimism. Losing and giving up becomes a habit. Hopefully the awesome NUFC fans can snap the team out of the funk!

  • chicousa

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Yeah Colo HAS been a good player at times (witness the ManU match) and even Anita has had the rare good game (West Ham match at end of last season). The problem is lack of consistency! Same with Moussa, occasionally dominant, but often missing in action.

  • Sav

    Oct 5, 2015 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Macca’s ’10 games to judge me’ are almost up. Will Ashley bite the bullet and send him off like Rodgers and Advocaat? Do we lack fighters in this team? Most on about £60 thousand a week and they need motivation? What is Steve Black at the club for? Is he not some Mr. Motivator guru?


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