Steve McClaren’s Supportive Comments After The Game


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.

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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.

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132 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Dec 26, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Ash Out!

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 26, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Angry frustrated man on the edge McLaren pics now. New folder eh Ed?

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 26, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Tsunki

    Amen to that!

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 26, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Angels ha ha chill mate it’s not the end just yet don’t go to the light! 🙂

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Picture caption

    McClaren: “But I don’t want a Spurs reject, Mr Ashley!”

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Tsunki,
    Maybe he is another poster’s alter ego, who knows. What is clear via his moniker is that he had one intention when he signed up for the blog, not football, but to act as a troll to Jail and any other person who doesn’t hold Ashley dear to their heart.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Yo…you also think Colback is better than Anita 😉

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Ah well, I know this blog can be a bubble, where reason falls foul to petty allegiances. Tsunki the latest brown nose to stick his oar in. Majority fan opinion on Twitter are giving Mitrovic the deserved stick and can see he isn’t up to scratch, I’ll take that as a real gauge of fan opinion, rather than casuals like Jesper who has no real connection or stake in NUFC, cheers!

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #9

    We need a better second half mate, we are in the relegation zone…

    jesper
    So do a lot of people bud. Can I ask why Newcastle didn’t deserve a point?

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Lilo I had an issue this morning about the Irritation mob and his they are curdling the blog with their contentious nonsense. The righteous Rev. Ian, his possible extensions sack Llambias Hail Wor Ashley, the odious jeff/jib and the cackling nibbler Welshgeordie. Mostly just controversy and nay saying. If the blog stopped entertaining and engaging them, football talk may just prevail.

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  • toonking

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #11

    repost

    WW

    the point is we are no longer an average team, we’re a below average team who battles amongst the relegation.

    9 out of 10 people now see the premier league as 3 leagues. you’ve got the top 6 or above average teams such as arsenal, city and manure. You’ve then got the mid table battlers or as most would say your average premier league team such as everton, stoke or west ham. Finally it’s the relegation or below average teams such as scums villa and championship teams and that is the category team we ourselves belong to at this moment in time.

    As below average team Watford, Leicester and bournmouth are all ones you’d be thinking should be way further down the league and performing worse than they are but teams like have one advantage over teams such as villa and ourselves and that advantage is passion plus low expectation, playing in the premier league was there aim and now they’ve got it they enjoy it as good as they can before relegation comes back. We and villa are both teams who’ve lost all that passion, we use to be mid tabling and battling top 6 but all that has gone and now we’re both in full disarray but with that comes a big loss of passion so each and every result is more like a demand than a hope.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Take care Hail…bye bye!

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Tsunki

    Don’t think we are somehow going to escape relegation either by some fluke or somebody possibly playing worse than us. If a manager took a club down twice in 8 years he’d be virtually unemployable. When its the owner……… Nuff said ?

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  • Llort muw

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Llort muw
    December 26, 2015
    Angels

    Hold on, where did I say that this is enough to survive? Clearly, judging on where we are right now, signings are a must. My argument is that fans expect our team to just turn up and dominate against teams that are clearly better then us, in terms of quality anyway. If I’m not allowed to be proud of our team after today because we didn’t dominate Everton then that is ridiculous. We competed through the only way we can, hard work and determination. Not going to create alot but atleast they are trying, not like last season where we just turned over and we’re easy to beat.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Hail,
    Cracking response. Demonstrating maturity there. Well done. You reposted you saying he had missed chances. My apologies if I’m not going to take your word as gospel. Of that makes my English remedial, then so be it

    “He’s missed glaring chances all season, he’s a shite finisher. 3-4 good chances to score 1, said it since I first saw him.”

    That was the first post I saw, I said I didn’t think he had had 12 gilt edged chances. You responded by reposting that you had seen him miss chances.

    I hate to go to this, but what exactly is your background in football?

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #16

    toonking
    So against every team that comes to St James we as fans should expect to give them the ball?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Tsunki…why we didn’t deserve a point? It’s nothing personal, but Everton should have buried us in the first half and outplayed us. More chances, possession better football.

    Everyone has chances but that doesn’t warrant we should have a point. Or in this case deserve a point.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Hail,
    As I said initially, he missed a cracking chance. His movement to create it was superb though. Maybe if we weren’t the worst in the league for creating chances, all our centre forwards would score more, just a thought….

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  • Belfast

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Thought we lost the game today because we didn’t make any subs when we where clearly absolutely knackered. Old Belfast was waiting on the sucker punch for the last 30 minutes.

    I really wish Stevie would stop playing Dutch bloke with funny name wide left.

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  • firebug666

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #20

    All I can say is I am Sick to death.

    Sick off the “well we didn’t deserve to be beat”.

    Sick of playing for just 45 minutes.

    Sick of being saddled with mediocre wannabe managers who spout utter nonsense to deflect criticism.

    We are where we are because we are just not good enough to be any higher, we don’t take our chances, our plan “B” left the planet with Voyager one, and what is supposed to be our board of directors is a joke in the footballing world.

    We get linked to many players, but every man and his dog knows we only do business through one agency, and even then we get what’s left by the other clubs.

    In all honesty we are not a football club, that is also part of the advertising strategy set up by the fat slug.

    We exist to serve sports direct, not the fans, or the city, not the players. If we were they would have more pride, and more passion, but no! They also exist to serve the mighty Jabba in his conquest to sell cheap tat across the world.

    Sick to death is putting it mildly. I understand we tried in the second half and am gutted we lost, but the simple truth is we are not good enough and have not been since that fat man took over.

    This is the norm from now on, relegation battles until we are down, and lets face it when we do go down we will not be back for many years.

    Oh yes we try and try…..But then we fail!

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #21

    we got what we deserved – zilch. the first half was the longest warm up session in football history . You cant really play for 45 mins and deserve to win . overall , everton better team aznd regardless what time the goal was scored , it was deserved in the end , gannin doon.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #22

    I think both Anita and Colo should be busting a gut to stop the ball going in the net. Instead, they just watch it sail slowly into the net. At the very least, one of them should be taking a red card to stop it and giving the keeper a chance to save the penalty in the last minute.

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  • Llort muw

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #23

    WWSBRD
    December 26, 2015
    toonking
    So against every team that comes to St James we as fans should expect to give them the ball?

    Don’t be silly, there are teams in the league that are worse then us… Just not Everton.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #24

    jesper
    They deserved to win because they couldn’t score while on top? And we deserved to not draw because we couldn’t score when we were?

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #25

    The real issue here is that, whilst we’ve certainly improved from the dark days of last month, we are still dropping points when playing at our maximum.

    Ultimately it shows we simply aren’t good enough. The hierarchy yet again gambled on signings that aren’t good enough or not ready. The arrogance with which they operate is truly shocking, and for that reason if we do go down, we would certainly deserve to.

    Another real problems is the form of our relegation threatened peers. They are playing well and knicking wins and draws. There are no poor teams this year Sunderland and Villa aside. I just don’t think we are good enough, we’ve regressed year on year for 4 years. If the hierarchy don’t start taking it seriously, we’re done.

    Time to start spending the money on players that are ready, in positions that we need.

    This is the first time I’ve genuinely felt like we are heading down. The blip before was early in the season and whilst we have undoubtedly moved on from that, we still find ourselves in the bottom 3. If we are still there whilst playing to near our best, how are we going to stay up?

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #26

    LM

    So is the side that goes down honourably by every man trying his best in 2016 entirely different from a team of uncreative lucky strugglers who rolled over but survived by the skin of their teeth in 2015 ?

    Of course there is still time to avoid the drop, if only we get one point more than Swansea, WBA and anybody else aiming for 18th.

    “We’re fighting for the 3rd relegation place, and it doesn’t look like changing much in 2016.” Sadly, I do not believe we are another Leicester – and nor do you, I think.

    It’ll be Ashley determines our fate.

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #27

    steve maclaren talking absolute shyte in that interview , we didnt deserve anything whats he on with . idiot.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #28

    We had one shot on target. They had much more dangerous possession and more shots on target. our keeper kept us in it. How can anybody say they did not deserve to win. It does not matter when you score.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #29

    firebug

    You’re right. We ceased being a club when the asset-stripping parasite took over.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Just got in fro match
    first twenty minutes Eerton blew us away could of been 3-0 down but as the game went on we grew into the game – and second half we were the better team and should of won if we took our chances.
    Elliot my MotM followed by Mbemba and Anita.
    Mitrovic thought was poor looked like he had ate to much turkey – slow ponderous – actually might make a good centre half as he cleared most of the corners from Everton.
    Dummet also struggled along with Colback the octopus – wish he would stop grabbing the opposition players.
    Thought referee had a stinker let Everton off – coleman in particular time and time again.
    Just before their corner and goal from the Gallowgate End looked like Sissoko was fouled deep in their half.
    Never mind play like we did second half and with the passion we showed AND convert the chances we create then we will climb the table.

    Keep the Faith
    Great atmosphere and tribute to PAV

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Llort
    Everton are average and had two of their spine missing today mate how much more do we need in order to merely match them on possession?

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  • will die for the toon army

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Get in Austin. Mitro shld have won the game for us.

    Big Al is right we cant keep not finishing and we think we will win game.

    Mbemba shld have better decision making wen he gets to the front. He shld do it more often and show Mcca what to have as plan B.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #33

    Yo…maybe I am watching some different football than you mate?

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #34

    Anyhoo am off enjoy the rest of Boxing Day boys and girls

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  • jimiley

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Ed, how can you say we put in a tremendous shift? We were embarrassing in the first half and matched Everton in the second. I would say we put in a decent half shift.

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  • banjax

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #36

    A cruel way to lose a game and no doubt the players worked their socks off and some to the best of their ability. The observation by Alan Shearer about the inability to take scoring chances is certainly spot on, but on a night where our players were playing at their peak abilities, Everton’s players had more left in reserve. The reason Newcastle’s players are struggling is as a result of Newcastle’s recruitment strategy which is quite simply not providing too many players of quality who can hit the pace of the Premier League without needing extra stamina training, are too young and are quite simply not good enough. As manfully as they fought today, our players could not match Everton in large parts of the game and we were lucky Everton were mis-firing in front of goal otherwise things would have been different. Unless the Recuitment Criteria of Newcastle United changes drastically and we start to buy older more experienced players to add to the squad, then we will continue to under achieve.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Funnily enough, Hail Woe Ashley has complained about half our starting 11 in recent weeks, but still goes by a blog moniker which tells us to celebrate and praise the an who oversaw the assembly of this squad.

    Very odd.

    Anyway, that’s me for a bit. Be back at some point through the week.

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  • firebug666

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Ron Knee

    I just don’t see anyway forward, even if we spend in January it will be more unproven cheap assets in the hope they will hit the ground running and save Ashley another big payday.

    We played well in the second half, question is why were we not playing like that in the first half?

    Why can we not keep things going from start to finish for 90 minutes?

    Answer… The players we have are just not fit enough for the pace in the premier league, and lack stamina.

    This will truly be a relegation scrap all season, and who know the outcome?

    Even McClaren doesn’t think we will improve and he’s the bloody coach ffs.

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #39

    charlie— play like we did in the first half and we are doon.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #40

    *the man who oversaw….

    Damned cracked screen….

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