We have been impressed the way head coach Steve McClaren has handled our first win of the season – a really massive win against Norwich by a score of 6-2, but Steve has kept his feet very much on the ground.
And he didn´t react much differently – at least in his manner after the game – than he did to the 6-1 defeat in the previous game.
Aleksandar Mitrovic´s reaction to scoring great goal on Sunday
We could call him big mouth – but we wont
What a character we have in the team – that´s good
It´s always very important in the mad world of the Premier League to keep some perspective and Steve has done that and his attitude will pass down to our players.
But after a great win McClaren has also warned that Newcastle still have a long way to go as he tries to change lots of things at Newcastle – from top to bottom – including the culture – which is a massive job.
This is what Steve has said about our next game – at Sunderland of all places:
“Football is all about momentum and we have to take it forward.” “It’s a tough one next. Sunderland have won the last five derbies, they are the favorites and are at home.”
“It’s a hoodoo and we have just got to break it.” “It will be a tough game. We have to prepare like we have every week.” “We had good focus last week and we must take that into the game.”
“When you are doing all of the changes and trying to change the culture and environment, you are going to get protests and people unhappy.”
“You have to stick together. They’ve done that, they’ve been so supportive from the top to the bottom. “There’s so much potential – but still a long way to go.”
That last phrase is important – we do still have a long way to go – let;s not let the great mask our weaknesses.
In the first half on Sunday our defense was wide open – and a better team than Norwich City would have taken more advantage of that – as Man City did in the previous game.
The forward play and goalscoring as well as the great result on Sunday however gives fans some hope that things can indeed be turned around this season.
A win against Sunderland would help to accelerate that turnaround.
Howay The Lads!!