For maybe the first time this season we got more out of a game than we deserved last time out at Bournemouth.
We didn’t play well at all apart from goalkeeper Rob Elliot and a few others such as captain Fabricio Coloccini, Chancel Mbemba and Ayoze Perez, but after taking a hammering throughout the game we came out of it 1-0 winners.
Steve McClaren – inconsistency still the problem
That was due to an opportunist goal and some class shown in the buildup to the goal scored by Ayoze Perez after 27 minutes.
We needed the points and it was only the great performance from Rob Elliot who made at least five great saves throughout the game that got us only our second win this season and fifth league win this year – which is the worst in Newcastle’s long history.
Steve McClaren has been talking in the local papers and he said this yesterday about that 1-0 win last time out:
“This is not going to change anything – we still have to be more consistent, because another day we could very easily have been beaten playing like that.”
We have no idea what team will turn up for Newcastle on Saturday, especially after the long two week International break – the third already this season.
It will be a tough game against Leicester City, and we do have some tough games coming up through early January.
November Sat 21 15:00 H Leicester City Sat 28 15:00 A Crystal Palace December Sun 06 16:00 H Liverpool Sun 13 16:00 A Tottenham Sat 19 17:30 H Aston Villa Sat 26 17:30 H Everton Mon 28 15:00 A WBA January Sat 02 15:00 A Arsenal
It’s going to be difficult to get much out of the game at Palace with Alan Pardew have completely turned around the London club this year and last time out they beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield and have beaten Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in late August.
Then we play Liverpool and Tottenham – so it’s going to be difficult to get many points out of our next four games – with Leicester City 3rd top of the league and visitors to St. James’ Park on Saturday.