Steve McClaren has given a number of different interviews since his press conference on Thursday afternoon and in some he’s been positive and in others he’s been not so positive – even saying on Friday that if he was offered 40 points in mid April right now – he would take it.
And he’s also said that Newcastle have no chance of finishing in the top eight and that he’s only concentrating on survival now – all that after just two months of the season?
Steve McClaren on the sidelines at St. James’ Park
But today he has been a lot more positive and admits the only way of breaking out of our terrible start to the season is by being positive and concentrating on some of the good stuff Newcastle have already shown this season.
It’s probably also true that we haven’t got as many points as that good play has warranted – but that’s all past and gone – and it’s water under the Tyne Bridge – time to move on to better things hopefully.
This is what the Newcastle head coach has said:
“By being positive and by showing positive things in that first half against Manchester City.” “And not by doing the things we did in the second half.”
“Simple really – just do that the first half for 95 minutes.” “So we’ve got to work hard and that win will be around the corner.”
“We have to have the self belief that we can do that and get 10 wins from the last 30 games.” “What I see on the training field, what I’ve seen in the first half against Chelsea, against Man City – that’s what I want.”
“Against Chelsea we fought and we defended for our lives, a little bit like we did at Old Trafford.” “I showed them a video after West Ham and we said that’s what we want.”
“It was only about seven minutes the highlight video, but we always do a highlights video as a bit of feedback and we try to make it positive.”
“So that was West Ham when the attitude and display was great for seven minutes out of 90.” “Then the positivity from the Man City game, I’ve had to keep it down to just 20 minutes for Man City.”
“And that’s just in the first half. Nothing in the second half.”
Newcastle fans are fairly confident about tomorrow’s game with over half expecting a win.
If we can put in the same skill and intensity we showed in the first half at Manchester City last time out for the whole game tomorrow – then we should be able to register our first league win of the season.
Howay The Lads!!