McClaren A Good Manager – We Need To Do This For Him

Siem de Jong has had a tough time of it after signing on from Ajax a year last summer and the 26 year-old spent last season out with a series of injuries, but now he is fit but cannot make the starting eleven at Newcastle.

With Cheick Tiote out injured for the game tomorrow at Crystal Palace, we could see the Dutchman get a rare start for the team, especially after the disastrous performance of the side against Leicester City last week.

Siem De Jong West Ham

Siem de Jong in action at West Ham

This is what Siem has said in the local press today:

“I never really played under Pardew.” “In pre-season I played under him but then I got injured. It was a bit of a strange situation.”

“I think Alan Pardew’s a good manager and I think we have a good manager now as well. But we need to be more consistent, we need to put up more of a fight for him.”

“I think we had a couple of performances that were pretty good. Against Sunderland, we played a good game until the red card.”

“The Bournemouth game wasn’t a good game, but we defended quite well in our own box. Before that there were a couple of games that we can build on.”

“Sometimes we haven’t shown what we can do, and that’s disappointing. We know it’s possible, but we need to show it every game. We need to be a consistent team.”

“It’s a matter of getting the shape right and getting the team right. I thought we were quite close a couple of weeks ago.” 

“We had a good shape, we were defending quite well and we were dangerous in transition. I think we lost the ball against Leicester where we could have created something.”

“We were sloppy, especially on transition and that needs to improve.”

Last week we had no idea which team would turn up after a poor display at Bournemouth when we were really lucky to get a 1-0 win.

As it turned out the players were a bunch of wimps in that second half and we were hammered and disgraced 3-0 by Leicester – who we made look like world-beaters.

Tomorrow we expect our players to put in a good fight from the start but then if we go 1-0 down maybe they just give up again and we could end up losing again – such is the fragility of this team.

The best we can hope for is a good fighting display and a win, but not many of our fans expect a win.

Almost four in five fans think we will lose the game.

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3 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Nov 27, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Well SDJ let’s see if you are as good as I think you are.

    Top professional in everything he has done throughout his career, if only we had him for a couple of seasons prior to his injuries.

    Top player….Hope he still is because he is just the type we need to link up midfield and attack


  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 27, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Ha, I wouldn’t say I think of Cabaye as a god, but he is the type of player we miss, a ball winner who can create and help build play. He isn’t at the very top level, but would comfortably play in our team week in week out.

    I don’t think us winning is dependant on us outfighting Cabaye, I think it is about us containing and limiting the damage he can cause. A compact formation, playing with depth to stop them getting in behind and forcing play to become (more) predictable then Palace already are. The worrying thin is that it will take hard work, organisation, concentration and commitment to do this and those are three things we have lacked for a while.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 27, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #3

    (four things) I added concentration as an after thought, and forgot to change the next bit….


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