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Steve McClaren’s Perfect Comments After The Game

7:57 am, Monday, December 14th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

If you expected Steve McClaren to be dancing around after the game saying how everything now was great after our second (sensational) win in a  row – this time against a very good Spurs side at White Hart Lane – you would have been disappointed.

McClaren was cool, calm, collected and very matter of fact as he still poured praise onto his players and mentioned at half time they were all talking about how they were still in the game after we had gone down 1-0 to a poor goal after 39 minutes – always a bad time to give a goal away.

While fans may have been jumping around with our first consecutive win since a year last October – or even looking for those blood pressure pills – Steve was calm as he talked about the game.

aoze perez and players celebrate winning goal spurs

Ayoze Perez and players celebrate winning goal
Notice the Spurs official isn’t too happy

This is what he told Sky Sports after a win that brought to an end Tottenham’s great 14 game unbeaten streak in the league that goes back to August 8th:

“The result is huge, massive,” “Not just the performance but the result. Back-to-back wins, which we haven’t had for about a year, and we haven’t had a comeback win for over a year.”

“These are the things that test the team and they have shown fantastic character.”

“That is what we are and that is what we want to be. The players showed fantastic effort, attitude, work-rate, and we have some talented players as well. We deserved the win with the second half we had.”

“There was a great response at half-time from my players. I didn’t have to say anything, they said it all. The resilience they showed in the second half was fantastic. We need to keep that going now, week in week out.”

“Pat on the back for the subs. Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic didn’t play the last game but were ready to come on and had that impact. They’re winners again.”  

“There’s still a long way to go. But after a lot of criticism the players have come back well to get to magnificent results.”

“To be out of the bottom three is obviously huge, but getting a result from a performance like that really boosts you.”  “It was a big test, especially being 1-0 down at half-time.”

“It’s answered the critics we have had over last four weeks and it was a great performance in the second half and a great result.”

“That is what we are: a bedrock of discipline and hard work. We have talented players, and they know how to win, we just have to do it consistently.”
“The goals from the subs are nothing to do with my decision, it’s down to the players on the pitch — they have to impact.”

“We asked them to win the game and that’s what they did.”  “We have asked for consistency and the last two weeks they have provided that and it has brought everyone closer together. We kind of lost something in the international break and it’s taken us two weeks to get that.”

“There have been so many times when I have gone in at half-time and the dressing room has been silent,”  “I was angry at the goal but the players were fabulous at half-time.”   

“It was so vocal, such a determination in the players not to go down the same path as they usually do.”

“They took it on board, we haven’t had back-to-back wins for over a year and to do it was immense.”  “You can talk and talk but to see them do it on the pitch is great.”

It was two goals from our two young guns Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez that won us the game – and it showed their time on the bench had done them no harm at all.

In fact it was part of their education to become better players in the future.

The Newcastle fans at the ground simply erupted when Ayoze scored the winner three minutes into stoppage time for another famous win at White Hart Lane.

For the second week running it was simply unbelievable to be a Newcastle fan after such a terrible year for the club.

We are so proud of our players this morning.


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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Dec 14, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    I just hope we can put the same effort in against the ‘smaller teams’…..

  • 2 ilovetoon8788 // Dec 14, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    for a start SDJ and Cisse should be dropped. they have offered very little and Siem looks out of place in the premier league. we should be looking to ship both them out in January.

  • 3 TheToonKing // Dec 14, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    ilovetoon8788 I thought Siem looked good in these couple of games. He’s really efficient, calculated. Rarely misplaces a pass, smart layoffs, you can see the quality there. Offers something radically different to Ayoze in that position.

    Cisse on the other hand………yeah…. I don’t want to see him again, he’s done.

  • 4 firebug666 // Dec 14, 2015 at 8:27 AM


    I agree, SDJ will only get better as he adapts to the premier league. I too thought he done well, especially when you consider that is only his second start in over a year due to injury.

    Cisse offers nothing to he squad now, it’s seems he has lost his mojo and no amount of voodoo is going to bring it back.

  • 5 Munster Mag // Dec 14, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    I’m not crazy for siem de jong. Still lacks the dynamism and we improved without him but mainly because of mitro

  • 6 firebug666 // Dec 14, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    I would also say that Mitrovic was brilliant in the two goals, the first his own tap in, easy goal, but he was in the right place, on the goal line with two defenders on him, but he used his strength well and took the opportunity.

    For the Perez goal, well he gave us what we have been missing for some time, a sublime header that was weighted just right for Perez to run onto. If that had been for Cisse the defender would have got there first.

    I would like to see a front three of SDJ, Perez and Mitrovic, Those three will create and score goals for each other.

  • 7 hibbitt // Dec 14, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    the people writing SDJ off need to think what there saying he’s played 2 games 2 wins ….he was not expected to start a prem game till january he’s working hard with schoenmaker every day before training and people are saying get rid give the lad a chance he’s a quality player who’s has issues with his fitness he’s working hard to rectify the the problems he also has a good football brain and is a leader on and off the pitch give him a chance i think he will surprise a few on here

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