We aren’t the only ones saying this game against Aston Villa today is a potential banana skin for us – because Newcastle are playing the bottom of the league side at home and therefore will be expected to win.
Which is one reason we could lose this game because our players may not bother turning up for the game – and that’s happened too many times in the past against the weaker sides in the league.
Steve McClaren on the training pitch
Oh yes, the lads turn up for the big games against clubs like Liverpool and Tottenham and play well and as we’ve seen in the last two games we won both of those for a terrific 6 points.
But now it’s a lesser team in Aston Villa and at home too – a certain win one may think.
But this is Newcastle and nothing is ever certain with the Magpies.
But the good news is that Steve McClaren has talked about exactly this weakness with the players this week in training and that should certainly help.
This is what Steve McClaren said yesterday:
“People are already saying, “Same old Newcastle, this Villa game they’ll lose”,’ ‘The players have heard it and I think we got the message loud and clear. We will do everything to try to avoid that.“
“It is a challenge for the players to say, “That is not going to happen”. This is a different pressure now.”
‘They were hurt by the criticism but they have responded in the right way, in the way that we would like and the fans would like.“
“You’re going to lose games and you have to accept criticism. Then you have to do something about it and that’s what we’ve done. Now we have to keep that going.“
You don’t know you have a problem until you know what the problem is.
So hopefully by McClaren pointing out clearly to the players that some expect Newcastle to lose this game – then that alone will spur our players on to a third win on the trot.
That would be simply great.
Howay The Lads!!