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Players Crawled Back To Dressing Room – They Know How To Win

10:14 am, Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 38 Comments

Let´s make no mistake about it – Sunday´s result was a huge win for Newcastle United and  a massive win for Steve McClaren and maybe his best result ever in the Premier League?

And it was delivered when his job looked in grave danger and it was almost unbelievable when you consider the sentiment before the game that we were in danger of being hammered and yet we come out of the game worthy winners at 2-0.

My bother-in-law has a season ticket and was at the game and said the atmosphere was electric in the second half and yes – you could almost feel the sparks coming off the TV screen.

paul simpson steve mcclaren liverpool

Paul Simpson Steve McClaren pointing in different directions Sunday

Certainly after we scored after 69 minutes the roars from the Newcastle fans were incredible – as we said it was simply unbelievable.


Newcastle United may be a difficult club to play for when things are not going well – but its also the greatest club to play for when things are going well.

And that´s especially true when our players are giving 100% throughout the game, showing passion for the cause and have to be helped back to the dressing room after the game because they gave even more than they had.

That´s a very big incentive for Newcastle players to play well.

Love it!

McClaren has talked about what he said to the players in preparation for what was a tremendous result for the club:

“We have talked a lot.” “We did not focus on the two games before it, we reflected on the five or six weeks previous to that.”

“Then, we were working hard and playing good football and defending well. We’d had two clean sheets before the international break.”

“We came back and for some reason conceded eight goals in two games. It’s a little bit baffling why that happened. We said we just had to work harder.”

“They worked against Liverpool and crawled back into the dressing room.” “We hope that it has flicked a switch now.”

“They know how to win, they have done it in the past.“We very nearly did it against Chelsea too. I have said it is like flicking a switch.”

“If you prepare Monday to Friday and focus Saturday/Sunday, you will get results.”

The proof of the pudding is in the eating and now we have to do the same thing at White Hart Lane on Sunday and Spurs will be ready for a rejuvenated Newcastle side.

We hope we are rejuvenated because we cannot have an immediate let-down after that performance against the  Reds.

We are still in deep trouble in the league.

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38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    The Proof of the Pudding is in the Ashley Out!- ing

  • 2 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    A draw against Spurs would be excellent

  • 3 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    I agree a loss would be demoralising. If we can just hold water for the next couple of games we can build from there.

  • 4 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Having said that, if we can’t trounce villa then questions remain.

  • 5 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    In the unlikely event all the bottom clubs win at the weekend.
    A defeat for Chelsea at Leicester on Monday night could see Mourinho’s side drop into the relegation zone !!!

  • 6 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    it’s Joses pathetic rabble that has scuppered my FPL team. Losers! Plus I sold Wini the week before Liverpool because he was doing nowt. Typical! Not as bad as my lad who flogged Aguero the week before his 5 goal haul ha ha and he was his captain.

  • 7 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    In fact if you had said start of season I’d do better with Leicester players than Citeh or Chelsea ones I’d have laughed in your face. In your face I say!

  • 8 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Cheeky bid in for Debuchy you say, Ray? So we could pass Debuchy to de lef’ han’ side, You say?

  • 9 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    OK well it is still early….

  • 10 jimmysmith // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    As opposed to sheepishly slinking off, in the hope that no one will have noticed, after yet another lacklustre showing in a far less glamorous and un-televised fixture.

    Of course, what real incentive is there to put in a shift, when you still have a nagging suspicion the owner’s a wrong un’, or are just starting to wonder about it.

    Ashley still has plenty of recruiting to do to ease the flagging morale of the about 18 more than decent players now on the books.

    Two in January, and four come the summer.

  • 11 mindshaft // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Think we’re getting carried away with our win over what is actually a poor Liverpool side who had a lucky win against Swansea, a lucky draw with Southampton and were beaten at home by Crystal Palace – if thier non offside goal had stood and Sturridge and Benteke hadn’t missed easy chances we would have another defeat on our hands.
    It was a decent win and the players put more effort in but I feel we’ll be back to earth with a bump come Sunday
    Saying that – I expected to lose both Bindippers and Spuds games so happy with 3 points, real test will be against Villa – another must win game

  • 12 AncientC // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    We got the players to put in some effort for the first time in a month of two. Who knows, we may even stay up this season. Round of applause for Simpson.

  • 13 AncientC // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Credit where it is due over the last 25 games. We are now averaging 1 win in 6.

  • 14 AncientC // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    No Sturridge, Lallana, Origi (scored 4 in previous game), a deflected goal to put us ahead, a legit goal ruled offside for Liverpool.

    There is nothing to get carried away with, really.

    Wijnaldum’s 2nd goal ferocious, but, can we be a little bit honest with ourselves and admit he was given the freedom of the park as Liverpool were pressing at that point. If that 2nd goal had been scored against ourselves, we would be cursing Janmaat to the high heavens.

    I am not attempting to rain on anybodies parade, but we are still in a relegation fight.

    It is good to get a win, but is it just another small portion serving… what does the form guide tell you?

  • 15 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Moosical Yoof

  • 16 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    “mindshaft //Think we’re getting carried away with our win over what is actually a poor Liverpool side ”

    Never figured you for this.

    I thought Jail for Ashley was a knocking bet for this stupidity.

  • 17 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    I thought it would be Thursday tea-time before we got the “actually Liverpool are crap” posts from the usual suspects !!!

  • 18 mindshaft // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Jib – Thanks , am quite happy to eat my words if we win on Sunday

  • 19 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    A draw will be just fine

    I’ve said it before and say it agaim

    Call yersels NUFC supporters ? MEH !!!

  • 20 Lindisfarne // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:31 PM


    I think I remember correctly that Liverpools stats were comparable to their other matches and NUFC matched them. It is true they did not have many of their regular first team choices which perhaps let us off slightly, but you can only play what is in front of you.

  • 21 Lindisfarne // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Sting de Jong deserves another mention and long may he continue to develop in the team.
    “Every breath you take
    Every goal you make
    We’ll be watching you.”

  • 22 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Ray @17 – actually BandB covered the ‘poor scousers’ scenario yesterday. And on the day of the match, I was, like most others, fearful a Liverpool surge that mysteriously never appeared, hence near the end of the game –

    205Tsunki // Dec 6, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Mind don’t the Scousers look knackered? Those fantastic stuffings don’t come cheap do they?

  • 23 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Jeff even us on good days would take the arm off anyone offering a draw at the Spuds keep it down son with the ” call yourselves fans” berating.

  • 24 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Iron Man and Sting

  • 25 Toonfan8 // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Liverpool has problems with Sturidge, just like we have with Taylor…we have to bring players which are not injury prone with good injury record, we have done good job this year, Wijnaldum,Sissoko,Mbemba,Thauvin all availible for every single match…we dont need injury prone players…that Michy Batshuayi would be good choice, Berahino too (I doubt he would consider us) and we need CB (Matip,Vestergaard)type and LB Jetro Willems(but he is injured, so take a look at it and his injury record) and we CM Granit Xhaka would be my prefered choice or Youri Tielemans….but that would cost M.Ashley another 50M pounds…but it would give us strong team with great young players…

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    I see the plastic fans Niall and Biffa have echoed my thoughts on the players turning up against the teams they’d like to move to in their waffle section.

  • 27 Mag52 // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:58 PM


    Liverpool are nor cr@p, certainly under Klopp they’re not.
    However, few would deny that they had an off day last Sunday, they scored a perfectly good goal, ruled offside, and had the majority of the play. All credit to a gutsy performance by us to have beaten them.
    Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though. We’ve got a very long way to go before we can consider ourselves safe from relegation this season, and this will include some shrewd buys in the upcoming transfer window.

  • 28 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Not still going on that dodgy nufc site are you Jail? I don’t think those charlatans command he same respect in footballing circles as the King. 😉

  • 29 jimmysmith // Dec 9, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    I must admit to being much buoyed by the performances of both De Jong and Cisse. Two senior players added to a side that doesn’t have enough of them. Tiote is another. Those three have plenty to contribute, if they are fit, focused and in form, and of course have largely been absent this season.

    I do tend to buoy quite easily regarding the Toon though, I’ve noticed, considering our almost comical level of under achievement.

    Odd since I think a more pessimistic outlook on life in general to be a far more realistic and thoughtful attitude to take and actually more fun.

  • 30 ravz09 // Dec 9, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Arma’s Beckham lob in training

  • 31 geordie157 // Dec 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Not sure if anyone has seen debuchy when he’s featured recently but he’s been awful.

  • 32 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Didn’t Debuchy bang on about his move to Arsenal the training facilities were on another level and everything being more focused on the individual player? Guess he couldn’t live up to it then. Come back Mathieu, get some rehab! 🙂

  • 33 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Nice one ravz. I really hope he’s all that some crack him up to be. He’d be a kind of quick, low centre of gravity, instinctive striker we haven’t had at the club since.. (ssshhhh) Michael…Owen…

  • 34 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    The Ronnie Gill is reporting we are after Anthony Koura from Ligue 2 Nimes for € 1.5 million.
    If you check this site
    We are only one of many clubs including the Unwashed who have shown interest.

    3 goals in 14 games in the French 2nd tier hardly sets the hackles rising 🙁

  • 35 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    West Ham going after Santon in January

    It looks like the mother of his daughter finds the Mediterranean life too wearing.

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Dec 9, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    newsnow generally covers all this without having to resort to google.

  • 37 bladeuser // Dec 9, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Crawled back into the changing room what a crock of shit,pathetic unfit molly coddled players who do not know what a hard days work is
    SHEEP Out

  • 38 Moonraker15 // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Liverpool were crap because Klopp made too many changes to the team but they weren’t allowed to play cos of the Toon work rate !

    I don’t believe Moreno would’ve scored if the linesman hadn’t flagged. He obviously saw the flag go up as did Dummett who put his hand up.

    If the flag doesn’t go up Moreno crosses the ball or Dummett keeps going towards him and distracts him.

    Anyway that was no smash and grab result as Liverpool had one attempt on target all game which shows how well we defended as a team.

    Why do some people always have to play down our great victories?

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