Steve McClaren has just given his press conference today for the important derby game against Sunderland on Sunday and we have lost the last five games to them – so it would be very good to get a win on Sunday and then we would have 9 points from 10 games and 7 points from the last three games.
Those are even reasonable stats – and that would be good.
Steve McClaren – we know nothing about the last five derby games
This is some of what Steve has said at his press conference today:
“We don’t know anything about the previous five games. Half the team don’t either.” “It’s a fresh game, a new game and a new opportunity. Why should we approach this game any differently?”
“Manchester United, Chelsea or Man City, this game is the same. This game is massive for the fans and there’s a determination to get the result for the fans.”
And when asked how he can change the same old story, McClaren said: “By giving a performance and showing the determination to get a win.” “Sunday is very important for the club and fans.”
“We have to play the game and not the occasion. It’s an old saying but it’s true. That’s what we are focusing on this week.”
This was the team that lost 1-0 at the Stadium of Light on 5th April with Jermain Defoe scoring just before half time – under then interim coach John Carver – and that was our fourth defeat in a row.
Newcastle (4-1-4-1): Tim Krul; Ryan Taylor, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Jack Colback; Jonas Gutierrez; Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko (c), Yoan Gouffran (Emmanuel Riviere 58), Sammy Ameobi (Adam Armstrong 87); Ayoze Perez
So certainly our four new first team players – Gini Wijnaldum, Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Florian Thauvin know nothing about this game and neither do Jamaal Lascelles or Karl Darlow – although Karl is out injured at the moment.
That’s a good last line from Steve above – We have to play the game and not the occasion – but quite honestly we don’t know what Newcastle team will turn up on Sunday.
But hopefully, the lads can put in a very good performance and be a lot stronger at the back than we were against Norwich City last time out.
But we have no idea really how the game will go – but two in three Newcastle fans think we can win this game.
That would be fantastic.