Newcastle fans have been very patient this season and again on Saturday in what turned out to be a frustrating game because we should have beaten Stoke but couldn’t get a goal – the fans stayed with the team right through the game.
The fans saw some great goalkeeping from England goalkeeper Jack Butland – who is now pushing Joe Hart for an England starting place.
Jack Butland – in inspired form on Saturday
This is what Steve McClaren said after the game:.
“We are where we deserve to be because we were not good enough in the first four or five games,” “That was when we were not creating chances and were conceding goals.”
“Now, I think everybody can see the progress we have made. As Colo was saying in the changing rooms after the game, if we keep going this way, we will be okay.”
In the first six games we had four defeats and only two draws bit since the Chelsea game we have five points from five games but should have had wins against Chelsea and Stoke – and the Sunderland game was spoiled by some poor refereeing.
So we have seen an improvement since the Chelsea game and the big let-down was at Manchester City when we disappeared for 20 minutes and conceded six goals – apart from that we played well.
McClaren refers to what captain Coloccini said after the game – this is what the Argentine, who had a solid game at center-back said to the lads in the dressing room after the game:
“It was mixed emotions on Saturday.” “We tried from the first minute to get the win.” “But we couldn’t get it because the goalkeeper was in inspired form.”
“He had an unbelievable afternoon, that was the difference.” “We tried for 90 minutes to get the win.” “We played well, got the clean sheet and created chances, there were more positive things to take away from the game.”
“We know we have played well in the last two games, perhaps we deserve more than just one point.”
“Against Stoke we played well again and we were solid. We must follow on with more of the same.” “I think the fans are happy because we are showing that we want to win games and play nice football.”
We wouldn’t say the fans are happy it’s more like they see some good football, but it’s not being rewarded with wins and 3 points.
Newcastle played good attacking football from the first whistle on Saturday and every player knew what was required of them and there was no complacency at all.
Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita to their credit also got the job done in central midfield – in Jack Colback’s absence.
We give credit to the fans for being very patient – that’s good but it’s also frustrating for them – and it’s now up to our players to get some wins under their belts from games like Saturday – where we were the better side.
If we can do that we should be able to move away from the relegation zone – we are currently 3rd bottom and Newcastle have never had a worse start to a season since we were formed way back in 1892.