We are going to have setbacks – I have said that before and today was a setback because we were not good enough – we still lack consistency.
We have to get consistency into our game and the sooner players realize that the better things will be, but it´s going to be two steps forward and one step back – it´s difficult to turn this big ship around.
I´ve said it before – but today was a setback – no doubt about that – and we?e going to have setbacks – but we’ll get back on the training field next week and get our heads down and work really hard for the next game – believe you me.
Steve McClaren – calling all players – WAKE UP!
You get the idea this is what Steve had said in most of the seven defeats in our 13 games we have had so far this seasons.
And if Bournemouth had taken at least two of their six clear-cut chance two weeks ago we would have had the same., but that was a positive result for the Newcastle fans – and it was the resilience of the Newcastle team that Steve talked about on the south coast two weeks ago.
But things came crashing back to reality yesterday when we were simply taken apart by Leicester and we realized the Bournemouth result was a pure fluke.
This is some of what Steve actually did say to nufcTV after the game yesterday that left us on 10 points after 13 games – 3 points worse off than in our relegation season six years ago:
“Second best in everything we did from the beginning – congratulations to Leicester – they far better than us on the day – that was the most disappointing display since we´ve been here.”
“We lost Tiote which was a big blow to us and we had to readjust but in the end we were very disappointing and second best – even at 1-0 we said at half time it´s only a goal.”
“Congratulations to Leicester they stifled us, stopped us playing, won every duel kept the ball passed the ball better they did everything in every department that we didn´t do on the day.”
“Very disappointed with a lot of things – very disappointed with the performance as I say and we talked about in there and we´ll talk about it on Monday.”
“But believe you me, you´ll get these setbacks as I said yesterday in the press and this team is by no way miles away from turning this around.”
“We had 4 games and 7 points and should have had more (even after 3 points against Bournemouth?) and then we put a performance in like that – a large part of that is us and that won’t get us out of trouble and the sooner we realize that the better.”
“Consistency – absolutely that´s the word – consistency and what you will get every week.”
Steve is a good man so it´s hard to criticise him too much, but it sure is taking a long time for McClaren and his coaching staff to get the players playing in any consistent way.
It’s very difficult when we get a disgraceful display like that in front of 50,000 faithful fans to be patient – although we are trying not to overreact – well not too much anyway.
That display should help ensure the next game has less than 50,000 fans at St. James’ Park against Liverpool – who took Man City apart 4-1 at the Etihad yesterday.
Fans are impatient to start with because of what happened to Newcastle last season under John Carver.
If only we had Alan Pardew back in charge.
Relax – just kidding!
I´m off later today to celebrate my birthday – must remember to forget about yesterday – note to myself – don´t mention Newcastle to wife at dinner.