Newcastle Performance Points To A McClaren Weakness

It´s true that Bournemouth dominated Newcastle in yesterday´s game on the south coast and what was worrying again for Newcastle is against a team we had every chance of beating – we decide not to show up for the game.

Well apart from goalkeeper Rob Elliot who had a great game and captain Fabricio Coloccini who made some great tackles in the penalty area especially in the second half as he kept trying to wake up the Newcastle players – but was unsuccessful.

But even though we didn´t deserve it – this turned out to be our second win of the season and the first win on the road since we took Hull City apart 3-0 at the end of January – and it was also only our second away goal of this season.

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Rob Elliot – another save from Newcastle goalkeeper yesterday

Newcastle operated in a gear significantly lower than that of the Bournemouth players, and they had more energy and drive and wanted to win the game a lot more than our lot.

This game again shows what Steve McClaren has been talking about all season – consistency – or the lack of it – and on this performance our players are overpaid and over-rated.

But it was Rob Elliot who turned in what was a fantastic performance and the 29 year-old kept us in the game in the first half with four excellent saves as the players in front of him were simply going through the motions and not performing anywhere near to their capabilities.

Bournemouth were also missing four of their best players through injury and it showed.

The south coast club are missing Callum Wilson big time and if he had been playing – he is out for six months with a serious knee ligament injury – this game could have been over before half time.

Newcastle had one shot in the first half and we scored with though Perez and goalkeeper Adam Federici could have done better – and we didn´t get one corner all game – although we should have had one in the second half when Federici turned a Coloccini header over the crossbar.

Here are the stats of the game yesterday.

                  Bournemouth      Newcastle 

Goal Attempts         20               2
On Target              5               1
Corners               16               0
Fouls                  9              11
Yellow Cards           2               2
Red Cards              0               0 
Possession %          68              32
Goals                  0               1

When you look at the stats the only one that matters is the last one – the goals.

We´ll also point out we won the fouls.


We still somehow managed to win 1-0 and we certainly needed the points but in a strange way this will serve as a wake-up call to Newcastle players once again.

There have been too many games this season – especially the ones where we are expected to win – that we simply haven´t turned up – and this was another one of those games.

The Bournemouth players were ready from the very first whistle and in every game it seems that their young and talented manager Eddie Howe is able to get his players ready for the game.

That´s not true with Steve McClaren and there are too many times when we don´t know what team is going to turn up – yesterday was one of our worst performances of the season – even though we won.

Against a top side with finishing power it could have been another 6-1 humiliation we suffered at the Etihad Stadium after we had been the  better side in the first half.

After playing some of our best football of the season in the 0-0 draw against Stoke last week and at the Stadium of Light the week before – when we had Coloccini wrongly sent off in the first half – this was a pathetic showing from all but two or three Newcastle players.

We will have to be a lot better against Leicester City at home in two weeks time – but it would be difficult to be worse than we were yesterday.

Thanks to Rob Elliot for all three points, with a solid performance from captain Coloccini and a well-taken goal from budding superstar Ayoze Perez.

Against Leicester City Steve McClaren and company will have to find ways of inspiring our players to a much-improved performances than yesterday´s embarrassment – although it was a precious 3 points for us – to be sure.

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