Steve McClaren has said he thought that once again Rob Elliot had a great game in goal for Newcastle and kept Newcastle in the game as we were outplayed and outclassed in the first half but came back strongly in the final 45 minutes to make it a thrilling game that was end to end.
As usual Steve was calm and collected in his interview, but he felt for the players in the dressing room – whom he said gave their all and came on so well in the second half when we again had chances we missed to win the game.
But nobody can accuse this Newcastle team of not putting in a tremendous shift today – in the first half to simply hang on and see the game through to half time at 0-0 – and in the second half to come roaring back into the game when we could have taken all 3 points.
Steve McClaren on the touchline against Everton
Not surprisingly McClaren said the players were down in the dressing room as he talked to BBC Sport after the game:
“I’m more disappointed for the set of players in there because they gave everything – they gave absolutely everything you talk about performance and they didn’t deserve to lose – but that’s football and two days time we go again.”
“We could have won that game and we shouldn’t have lost it – but we did.
“I thought there was some great defending and once they got past the defenses Robbie Elliot was great in goal. Some of our attacking play second half – if we’d have scored first we’d probably have won that game.”
“They’re down. They gave so much. That has to be appreciated. I told them I see a team in there. We’ll win games and get lucky sometimes. If we carry on like that we’ll have a stronger second half.”
Everton will point to their total dominance in the first half to claim they deserved to take all 3 points, even though Tom Cleverley’s winner was effectively the last touch of the game deep into the three minutes of stoppage time.
Newcastle are third bottom of the league again, but if we show the same spirit on Monday afternoon at the Hawthorns then we could pick up all 3 points in that game and end a terrible year on a positive note.