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My Players Gave Everything – They Were Magnificent

7:30 am, Sunday, December 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

After surviving the first half onslaught of a good Everton side yesterday Newcastle United came back in the second half and gave as good as they got in what turned out to be a thrilling end to end game that had no goals until seconds from the end of stoppage time.

That´s when Tom Cleverley scored the only goal of the game to give Everton all 3 points and it was a very cruel defeat for Newcastle after the team had shown so much courage throughout the game.

We really needed something out of the game yesterday but didn´t get anything and we have now slipped back into 3rd bottom place and back into the relegation zone.

elliot saves from lukaka

Rob Elliot makes great save from Romelu Lukaka yesterday

Steve McClaren the Newcastle manager thought his players gave everything they had yesterday:

“I have lost quite a few games in the last minute and cruel endings, but never before have I felt so upset and disappointed for a set of players than I did when I walked into that dressing room.”

“They didn’t deserve that. They gave everything – in the second half, they were magnificent.” “We stood toe-to-toe with a very good Everton team, and the response from the crowd was terrific.”

“We didn’t deserve to lose; we have – but that kind of performance, that bodes well for the future.” “The big thing for us was the appreciation the fans showed at the end – that was key.”

“The players showed what this team can do, and we need to do it again on Monday at West Brom.” 

“It’s very difficult to just straight away re-focus and lift, McClaren admitted after the game.”  “They have got to recover, come in on Sunday and get prepared for West Brom on Monday.”

“It’s a big test physically and mentally for the players after that,  because they gave absolutely everything.”

“We talk about crawling off and they did that.”

The negative side of yesterday? result was that we have gone into a mini slump after two great wins against Liverpool and Tottenham that followed two terrible defeats against Leicester City and Crystal Palace.

It was a fighting performance yesterday – no doubt about that – and we now need to start picking up some wins to climb the table.

With one game to go this year – we have only sevens wins in 37 Premier League games and only 30 points – which is the worst year ever in the Premier League for us and one of our worst years ever in our long history.

Steve and his coaching staff have to now prepare the players and pick them up for the game at West Brom tomorrow.

The Baggies are also in a bit of a slump with just three draws in their last five games and were beaten 1-0 at Swansea yesterday.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    It’s not looking good, to say the least. Our form against middling teams is appalling so I’d be amazed if we get any points against WBA – and points mean survival!

  • 2 Lindisfarne // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Good wwords from Schevie, I agree they gave it a real good go. But can he look in the mirror and truely admit he did the same? Can he truely state the club are giving everything?

    I feel for those players that are going to have to play WBA and can forsee a few more injuries that would be avoidable. They are becoming one dimensional and will be forced to make changes with knock on consequences. Stability is all well and good, but adaptability is also a requirement.

  • 3 brklyngeordie // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Pretty sad that this is one the worse Calendars year ever 7 wins in 37 premier league games is very abysmal so disheartening..


  • 4 jimmysmith // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    I followed the game on a minute by minute feed that gave the impression it had been a poor performance by us until the last twenty minutes, but having watched a replay I’d now say Everton were very good and we hung in their and matched them in the second half.

    We do lack a bit of quality going forward, particularly in the middle of the park and at left back, and we don’t get near enough goals from our front two. If I were Ashley, I’d be questioning how Carr and Charnley were spending the money, and wonder if that’s also partly why there hasn’t been enough investment overall, because I think the problem has also been bang for our buck. We haven’t been getting enough of it.

  • 5 brklyngeordie // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Need to start asking Colback to play LB really feel he would be better there and would allow for Thauvin to play on left or right mid/wing and have Sissoko or Gini play central, I personally think Gini would be better with Anita but Sissoko could be effective even more so if, he ever really cared to tackle and boss a game for a full 90 and actually play like the player he imagines himself.

    De Jong needs to play behind Ayoze as lone striker against WBA Mitro off bench and if Ayoze is off early back to Mitro if DeJong is off then him but really felt Ayoze looked off the mark today especially in our own half passing very poor being asked to play to far back imo also looks fatigued

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