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 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.
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.