Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was left to defend the Newcastle players yesterday after we were eliminated for the fourth time running from the FA Cup at the very first hurdle and that was also the fourth 1-0 defeat in a row since we could only draw 1-1 at home to bottom placed Aston Villa..
This season seems no better than it was last season under the woeful John Carver – and that´s not good news.
Steve McClaren at Watford yesterday
An embattled Steve McClaren had this to say after the game, as he reacted to the criticism of the traveling Newcastle fans during and after the game:
“I thought it was very harsh.”
“I think we’ve had two games, Leicester and Crystal Palace where, yeah, we were all angry and frustrated and we could accept criticism.”
“The attitude of the players, that’s all the fans ask – do they work, do they chase, do they win tackles, do they create chances?”
“We’ve had 25 crosses. We’ve had 25 crosses in the game, they’ve gone across the keeper, Gomes has made saves, our keeper’s not had a save to make, and you can’t ask any more from the players.
“So we just have to get on with it. Unfortunately that’s the nature of football; players have to be big enough and bold enough, have courage, and we’ve talked about that. They’re certainly having that.”
“It’s just not having luck at one end and not sticking the ball in the net.”
The truth may be that the players are simply not good enough and that Steve McClaren himself is struggling mightily ever since he was surprisingly put in charge by Lee Charnley only days after he was fired at Derby County.
That showed the level of Newcastle ambition last summer and those poor decisions are now all coming back to bite us.
Incompetence from the top always leads to eventual failure in any business, but as long as the players are giving their all their all it´s hardly their fault.
Things could have been very different over the last four games if we had a decent striker in the side – so that´s a positive way to looks at things – get at least two good strikers and a couple more good players in during January and things could improve quickly.
But the real trouble are the decisions made from the top over the last couple of years when we refused to significantly strengthen the squad and some of the players brought in were simply not good enough.