Steve McClaren Apologizes To Newcastle Fans

Steve McClaren sent an email to all Newcastle fans before the derby game last Sunday at Sunderland saying his team were ready for the game against Sunderland and that the players would basically give their all to try to break the five-game losing streak we had going against the Black Cats.

W didn´t and lost 3-0 – but the circumstances of the game were that we were well on top until just before half time.

Coloccini was adjudged to have fouled Steven Fletcher in the penalty when the captain slightly nudged the Sunderland man who went flying as though he had been hit by a freight train.

The penalty was given and Colo was sent off and then Adam Johnson converted the penalty.

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Steve McClaren as Coloccini was sent off

So after completely dominating the game in the first 45 minutes we went in at half-time 1-0 down and with 10 men.

The red card has since been rescinded by the FA but they have charged Newcastle with not controlling their players after the red card was issued.

The referee they appointed was not experienced enough and completely messed up and wrecked the game for Newcastle – and yet they level a charge against Newcastle – who were essentially robbed of 3 points by the double mistake from rookie referee Robert Madley.

Only the woeful FA could have the audacity to do something like that – presumably to try to save some face.

Steve has apologized to the fans for the result but not for the performance – which was very good in the first half and good even with 10 men in the final 45 minutes – but we lost our 6th game in 10 this season in the league.

And we have now lost six games in a row to Sunderland – the first time in history any team has lost six in a  row in this famous derby game.

Steve says the training has been positive this week and that the lads will be ready for the game on Saturday at home to Stoke.

Hopefully, we can repair some of the damage done at Sunderland and get 3 points for the fans on Saturday -but it will not be easy.

Here is McClaren’s full transcript:

Sunday’s derby defeat hurt us all and every one of us is sorry that we couldn’t deliver you the victory you deserved.

I am certain that if it hadn’t been for Colo’s sending off, we would have delivered you that victory.

But with the news of our successful appeal, we draw a line under that match-defining moment and focus on recreating the positives of the minutes that went before.

Even if you didn’t see the game on Sunday, you’ll know that we bossed it in the first half and hardly gave our hosts a kick.

With ten men on the pitch we were still the stronger side for large parts of the second half, despite what the score line suggests. We kept attacking the game and that meant gaps opened up that our opponents were able to exploit.

In spite of the result, training this week has been nothing but positive and preparation has been first class.

There’s been no feeling sorry for ourselves. Just a group of players and staff who want to show you how passionately we care about your club.

We’ll put all of the positives and the passion into delivering you three points on Saturday.

Over the season so far I’ve seen real improvement in our game, particularly over the last month. Our bond and blend as a team gets more solid with every game and the mood in the camp is very optimistic, regardless of our current position in the table.

I’m confident we can take the best of our performances to date and start turning them into points.

Stoke have been on a decent run of late and I certainly didn’t see their home defeat to Watford coming. I know Mark Hughes well and he will see that as a huge disappointment.

They’ll be especially keen to put on a show this weekend and make up for that loss. That makes it even more imperative that we’re on our game and able to stand up to anything the likes of Bojan and Shaqiri might throw at us.

We’re prepared and ready.

Sadly we won’t have Jack Colback in our line-up this weekend after the results of a further scan on his right knee today. Unfortunately this injury, which was sustained at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, will see him out for up to six weeks and we all wish Jack the very best in his recovery.

Be assured that in spite of the events of the past week, we go into this weekend’s game with nothing but belief, spirit and total determination to reward your loyalty and support with the three points you deserve.