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.
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?