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McClaren Surprised And Critical – It’s A Slippery Slope To Go Down

7:41 am, Monday, December 21st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Before the game on Saturday Steve McClaren himself had talked in his press conference and interviews about this Newcastle side being inconsistent.

After surprisingly beating Liverpool and Tottenham we were now playing bottom of the table Aston Villa at home and the skeptics said (including us) that because we were expected to win this game we probably wouldn’t.

Just like we were not expected to win the games against Liverpool and Tottenham and we did.

On paper Aston Villa at home was the easiest fixture we could play last Saturday in the Premier League – and they had lost 12 of the last 15 games and picked up only three draws since the after first game of the season.

steve mcclaren calm and collected

Steve McClaren on Saturday

So when there was boos at the end of the game that we didn’t beat Aston Villa – although even on the day with all the chances we had we should have won the game.

We were disappointed because we could have snatched a late win like we had the week before at White Hart Lane – but it was 2 points lost for us and stopped our win streak at only two.

We were surprised that Steve McClaren was surprised by some booing.

That tells us he still doesn’t know enough about Newcastle.

Steve was asked if he was angry at the reaction:

“Yes I was.” “The fans know when their team don’t try and don’t put the effort in and don’t show attitude and don’t want to win the game.”

“But we were going forward at the end, we opened the game up, put a wide player on for a defensive player Florian Thauvin came on for Vurnon Anita and wanted to win the game and went for the game so I was a little surprised.”

“But you know you are always going to get that in football and you can’t satisfy everybody.” “We have to overcome the emotional fragility of the crowd and I thought we did that to a large extent as we did against Tottenham and in the previous two games.

“We are trying to convince them to fight and come through it and see what you can do and conditions were really poor to play good football which is what we like to do, and the players did well in it I thought.”

The players did do well, but they also have to grow up as men and be mentally tough on their own accounts and it shouldn’t be completely up to the coaching staff to instill mental toughness in them.

And after any game there are two things to look at.

One is the result and one is the performance.

The crowd were booing at the result because it was a poor result.

In the press many had predicted that we wouldn’t win a game we should win – and what happened at the end of the day?

We didn’t win it and Villa got a rare point.

The performance was good and the players gave 100% again – so there were not many complaints on that front – we just missed the chances – we lacked the skill in front of goal.

It was skill that was missing on Saturday not the effort or will to win.

So it’s a surprise that McClaren was surprised at some booing (not a lot by the way) and what’s this nonsense about the fragility of the crowd?

It’s slippery slope for Steve McClaren to go down if that’s a criticism of Newcastle fans who attend the games.

Steve should understand the stuff the team have served up all this year has been usually pathetic in getting just 30 points from 36 league games.

That’s before he directs any criticism at Newcastle fans who still fill the stadium and fully support the team at every home game.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Reyantoon // Dec 21, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    Ed…stop moaning! The pitch was awful and was difficult to find balance,shoot & play reasonably.
    If Sdj was brave enough to head that ball in,we’d have won it comfortably, as simple as that!!

  • 2 jimmysmith // Dec 21, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    Of course it’s disappointing, and we weren’t great, but booing a draw, in those conditions, after those two great wins. Ha ha, that is pretty ordinary support really, from the lower calibre, unthinking minority among us. Deary me!

  • 3 Jib // Dec 21, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    Shearer in his tweet commented on the brilliant atmosphere at the ground.

    So the booing at the end would be from a minority within the crowd.

    The same ones who whine and hold up bedsheets at the drop of a hat.The same ones who told us with a sage expression that Alan Pardew was the worst manager in the PL.The same ones who tell us what a great human being SBR was but made sure Fat Freddy sacked him.

    When McClaren uses the word fragility I think he means it in the sense of weakness.The serial whingers at any PL club are most certainly a weakness , and not helpful at all.Why after a game folk should hang back to show dissent baffles me , do the silly sausages think the players drew the game deliberately ?

  • 4 geordieboy83 // Dec 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Gotta say I don’t understand the booing, disappointed with the result but it certainly wasn’t through lack of effort, or like we got played off the pitch. We missed the chances, just the way it goes sometimes. Booing after that was pointless imo

  • 5 Lindisfarne // Dec 21, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    The surprise of beating two of the’big’ clubs does not cover up the generally disappointing way we play and the result at the weekend could be seen as an indication of a continued inability to match expectations. However, I am very willing to discount the result due to severe adverse weather and like they say, at least we made a fair few opportunities to score and on another day they will go in.

  • 6 Lindisfarne // Dec 21, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    We are now on plan B, when will plan C be instigated?

  • 7 Jib // Dec 21, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Jesper says “but but but the weather was the same for both teams”
    Yup it was
    and it made both teams the same.
    The weather was what is known as “a leveller”.
    You could see our trade mark raking passes for players to run on to , kicking up water splashes , and visibly slowing down.
    You could argue that Aston Villa adjusted their game to the conditions better.
    I would argue that the conditions actually favoured their more basic and simple game.

    In dodgy weather — k.i.s.s.

    Keep it simple stupid !

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