Steve McClaren was about 15 minutes late for his press conference today for the important game against Stoke City tomorrow – it was due to start at 2:00pm.
The rumor was that he was tying up the January transfer of Joel Matip – but we cannot confirm that – well not completely.
Steve has said it has been a good week in training and that everybody got over the Sunderland tragedy quickly and the lads have been concentrating only on the Stoke game.
Steve McClaren – we have been focussed this week
Here are some of Steve’s initial comments this afternoon:
“We quickly got over the game and reviewed it. The progress you can see.”
“We will expect a vibrant, very good Stoke team who have an excellent manager and squad taking the club forward.” We have shown what we are capable of doing. At times our football has been excellent and we are creating chances.”
“The fans were excellent last week and we need that again tomorrow.”
“It’s been a good week, very focussed and intense. We’ve been reflecting on one of the strangest derbies I’ve been involved in.” “We are not feeling sorry for ourselves. If we perform like we did at Sunderland we will win eight or nine times out of 10.”
“Tim Krul has had his operation and is on the first small steps to recovery.” “Jack Colback is a very good midfielder and one of our leaders on the field. It gives other people an opportunity while he’s not there.”
“Vurnon has been great for us. He’s a tough character and the we will need him in up and coming games.” “It has been a roller-coaster 10 games and we have been up and down. We need to be consistent.”
With Stoke having had a tough mid-week game against Chelsea in the League Cup that went to extra time before they beat Chelsea on penalties 5-4, there’s a decent chance they could be tired for tomorrow’s game.
In a selfish way – we hope they are tired tomorrow.
Chelsea had only equalised in stoppage time with Loic Remy getting the goal in the 1-1 draw – so Joe Mourinho had another defeat in mid-week.
We need wins – and draws are not much use to us given where we are in the league table (19th), so this should be a great opportunity to get only our second time of the season.
Let’s hope we take it.
Howay The Lads!!