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 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.