Steve McClaren has already gone through hell and high water in his still short stint as the Newcastle UNited head coach and we have to say we were impressed with him in the press interviews after our first win of the season yesterday when we hammered Norwich 6-2 at home and Gini Wijnaldum was magnificent with four great goals.
Steve McClaren and Alex Neil shake hands (briefly) at final whistle
But there was no high fives or anything like that with McClaren in his interviews immediately after the game and he admitted we had played well going forward, but we never really had control of the game.
Here´s some of what Steve said after the game:
“It was great for Gini to get his reward. It was a fantastic performance.”
“He showed what he is capable of doing. We need consistency. We need a little bit more. Consistency from everyone. They have all got a lot to do.”
“Relief? Yes. But then I’m now thinking we have to prepare and do it again next week. The feeling is very short. Football is about momentum. You can have it the other way which we have had. Now we want it forward.”
“I never got too down after Man City or too high with this. There´s a long way to go and lots of work to do but this showed the potential. It showed the supporters what we are capable of doing.”
“We shake everyone’s hands, and we say well done, and prepare next week for a big, big game. We need to keep it going.” “We showed today what we are capable of doing.”
“We have been calm and vocal and focused in our support for the players.” “You need that first win. Behind the scenes it is a huge relief. It showed our capabilities. We have been sensing that.”
“But it wasn’t a game under control from anyone. That will lose and win your games in the long run. We have to get more control. But going forward we can be a threat.”
Steve´s right of course in that we didn´t have control of the game and it was just the fact we kept scoring in that second half that prevented Norwich coming back into it – and they still looked threatening when they attacked.
Our lads were clinical indeed in their finishing yesterday – let´s hope we can do the same thing at Sunderland next Sunday.
So given that we know we are still weak at the back and there;s still a lot of work to do – we are still going to celebrate this win for a few days yet.
At least Newcastle can score goals and the mood on Tyneside has to be a lot better today than it was yesterday morning.
We scored as many goals yesterday in one game than we scored in the previous eight league games combined so there´s cause for hope and cause for some celebration.
And we doubled the number of points we have this season in just one game and improved our goal difference by four goals.
There are times to be upbeat and times to be downbeat – now is not the time to be the latter.
Howay The Lads!!