Steve McClaren was interviewed on BBC Newcastle after the surrender yesterday to Leicester City and that wasn’t the first time this season we’ve raised the white flag before the end of a game.
Newcastle were pitiful and no better than we were two weeks ago when we scored with our only shot on target at Bournemouth to get a 1-0 win.
Yesterday it wasn;lt until the last 20 minutes that we had two shots on target but didn’t score for the seventh league game this season – and we were taken apart 3-0 at home in front of 50,000 fans.
It was a disgrace and more of this kind of stuff this season will see us relegated – and rightly so.
Steve McClaren – with a choke hold on himself yesterday
Yes – it was that bad
Steve McClaren was asked if the win at Bournemouth hid what was really a poor performance from the team.
This is how McClaren answered that question:
“Absolutely. Absolutely right and got punished against Leicester.”
“We didn’t get punished against Bournemouth but we got punished today. You think that is a one-off display v Bournemouth and buoyed and get a bit of a belief from the win.”
“I understand the fans’ frustrations and annoyance, we know it is not right and we have asked for patience…that performance is not acceptable.”
“The thing about this crowd is – forget the entertainment – forget the winning of games – if they see application and effort…they didn’t really see that today.” Why not?
“Every game you look at your opponent and roll your sleeves up. That is what we must do, week in week out.”
“We stressed a lot of things already and we will stress a lot of things Monday to Friday, to make sure we are ready for next Saturday.”
“It is character, it takes men, it takes a lot of ingredients and we are aware of where we are.” It’s the worst start in the league in our history.
“We know there is talent and ability in that dressing room and certain characteristics have to come out, to make sure you get out, stay out and get to number one. Leicester have shown, there is the example to them in there.”
“That is what can happen here and I can’t wait for Monday morning and getting back to work.”
Those comments after another poor display are getting a bit repetitive, tedious and even a little strange.
At some point, McClaren has to take almost complete responsibility when his team doesn’t show up for a game.
That’s what happened yesterday – and not for the first time this season.
But maybe it’s just me – frustrated, worried and even angry at yet another pathetic and hapless performance from this Newcastle side.
This year has been a really tough one for Newcastle fans – that’s for sure.