Things Healthier Than They Were – But It’s All Relative

Newcastle couldn’t extend their winning streak to three games yesterday and maybe it was just a wonderful goal out of the blue that stopped us winning the game after Fabricio Coloccini had put us ahead with a good goal  after 38 minutes.

And we thought that could be the game for us until Jordan Ayew scored just a wonderful goal on 61 minutes that we couldn’t really do too much about.

If Siem de Jong hadn’t missed that golden opportunity after 56 minutes things would have been a  lot different today but we are back in 4th bottom place.

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Siem de Jong – missed a sitter for Newcastle

After it went to 1-1 both  Wijnaldum and Perez had good chances to win the game for Newcastle but it wasn’t to be – so it was a very disappointing result but the players did give their all in the game.

That was one of the positives coming out of the game that was played under monsoon conditions in that first half.

Steve McClaren still thinks things are going quite well at Newcastle with 7 points in the last three games and Everton and West Brom next up:

“It’s a lot healthier than three games ago.” “We were just talking before about how strange a league this is and how anybody can beat anybody else.”

“Again, there were some strange results today – the majority were away wins, so I was a little nervous before the game.”

“People were talking about, ‘It’s Aston Villa.  It’s so disrespectful to say, ‘It’s Aston Villa, you should win’.”

“It’s so disrespectful to opponents, you can’t do that in the Premier League.” “Have you ever played in the Premier League, watched the Premier League?”

“It’s tough and anybody can beat anybody else, and you have seen that again today.” “It will happen. They have got talented players.”

“I think the season will even itself out towards the end, but I must say from where we were to where we are finishing at Christmas, it’s a lot healthier and the key thing is the attitude of the players.”

“They are staying in the game, they are fighting for 95 minutes, they are finishing games strong – they did last week and won the game there, and nearly did it this week.” 

“But we’ll take seven from nine and move on.”

Things are certainly better than they were but as Albert Einstein would say –  it’s all relative.

We were in  a bad way after losing 5-1 at Crystal Palace when we were second bottom on 10 points and only 5 points above Aston Villa in bottom place.

Steve McClaren has to keep upbeat about things and he’s right about our players fighting all the way these days – and that’s good.

So next up we have Everton on Boxing Day and a win in that game would help to put things right.

We are 2 points worse off than we were at this point in our relegation season seven years ago but then in the second 19 games of the season we picked up just 12 points and we will hopefully do a lot better than that this season.

We also thought that young Thauvin put in some very good crosses in yesterday’s’ game once he came on for the final 20 minutes – good for him.

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