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McClaren Makes Astonishing Claim About Watford Game

8:57 am, Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

We´re not sure how long Steve McClaren can make these speeches after each defeat that we were the better side and should have taken our chances and we should have won the game.

Steve has said we controlled the game against Watford, but what´s the use of that if we still lose?

After all this is a results-based business and we have one draw and four defeats in the five games since we took Tottenham apart 2-1 at White Hart Lane with  the winning goal coming deep into injury time from Ayoze Perez. – just so they didn´t have time to respond.

stave mcclran at watford 1-0

Steve McClaren – stunned on Saturday at Watford
After we controlled the game

Sorry to keep going back to the last time we actually won a game.

We have scored just once in the five games since then.

Newcastle also managed to gift the goal to Watford when Gini Wijnaldum way out of goal mishit an intended back pass to Rob Elliot which found Deeney completely unmarked and clean through on goal and he went around Elliot before slotting the ball home.

It was a terrible comical goal for Newcastle to concede one minute before the break, when we had been on top throughout the first half.

Results are now starting to be more important than the Newcastle displays,  simply because we are deep in  relegation trouble and have been all season.

We are sick of playing well and losing.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about the Newcastle team and what´s needed:

“It’s not rocket science.” “You need to defend, keep clean sheets and have players who can score you goals.”

“At the moment we are defending all right, although we need to win games 2-1 because we keep getting punished for our mistakes,”

“But listen, if the effort, the football, the discipline weren’t there, and we weren’t creating chances, I’d be worried.”

“There is a lot going on in the middle, but it all depends on what happens at each end.” “You have got to stick the ball in the back of the net and you have to defend the other side.”

“Now we’ve been doing that but not scoring. All you ask for is all that the players have given.”

“We had a new formation, we controlled the game against a top team with a strong home record and we really only gave them one opportunity.”

“We’ve had 25 crosses, numerous chances and Gomes has made saves. We’re not far away, but when you look at it we are.”

Those words again seem to be directed at Mike Ashley and it´s all the positive stuff from Saturday – although we still managed to come away losing yet another game 1-0.

We need to beat the Red Devils tomorrow night so Steve can have a different narrative after the game, and he can brush up on what he says when we actually win a game.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hibbitt // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    man u are there for the taking can we do it i dont know

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    I sometimes wonder how long McC would have lasted in a normal PL club?

  • 3 hibbitt // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    jesper he would never have got the job in the first place at a well run club

  • 4 one fine day // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Come on mam
    Ease up

    Looking at macca and lvg maybe both teams as a tribute should walk out to “under pressure “. Tuesday night?

  • 5 jayphoto // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    @jesper – reckon after 50m spent and out of the cups in the bottom 3 i find it hard to believe hed have been kept on anywhere else

  • 6 Rotonda heights // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    David Bowie R.I.P true genius.
    – – – – – –

    SM says transfers are not his focus!!

    I could have sworn he was on the board, they —- well should be his focus looming large.

  • 7 one fine day // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    “We had a new formation, we controlled the game against a top team with a strong home record and we really only gave them one opportunity.”

    No disrespect but we were playing Watford just up from the championship and assembled for a fraction of our lot

  • 8 spitfire_ // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    To be fair, McClaren is right that we was the better team against Watford… at least from the highlights where only our attacks was show… exept from their goal of course. And I’m with him only about this one.

    You can’t claim that you played well in the last 4-5 games, when you lose all of them with 0-1.

    You can’t say “can’t fault the players”, when it’s obvious that they didn’t gave us everything… especially in our attacks.

    You can’t keep saying that you’re not worried. He should and he must be worried.

    You can’t keep saying that will take time. Say that to Leicester or Watford or West Ham.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    wish SM would stop going on about 25 crosses. There’s not exactly any method to that, it’s just hit and hope, playing the percentages.

    I doubt the top teams in Spain and the UK, ie Barca and Arsenal hit more than 5 crosses / high balls a game.

  • 10 carl // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Game plan for tomorrow. Mac will know how to set up for the game against Man United. Regular watchers of ManU’s games this season know they’re predictable and therefore easy to counter. In most games Plan A is used until late into the game. Then when they still haven’t scored they switch to a Plan B which is a positively prehistoric long ball game.

    All we need to do is sit-in, in numbers, keep our shape, retain focus and then hit them on the break with fast movement and pace. Sitting-in is the obvious strategy because MU don’t get behind sides and nor do they pass through defences, they lack width and they don’t move the ball quickly. They will also be preoccupied with keeping the ball rather than taking risks to break us down.
    You can reasonably expect them to have more than 60% possession but shots on goal will be limited. They have a complete lack of penetration with slow pace and a reluctance to chance a quick and imaginative pass.
    At home they’re by now getting abuse from the crowd and the refs watch is clicking down . At this point Van Gaal will implements Plan B. This involves long balls into the box for which CB’s should be will be well-prepared for.
    Well that’s the way to do it.

  • 11 carl // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    No I wasn’t describing the way we play. Should be a cracking game.

  • 12 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    An idle thought. Under the current arrangement, the most influential figures, as I see it, would be (or have been) as follows. Not necessarily in order. Mike Ashley. Derek Llambias. Lee Charnley. Graham Carr. Joe Kinnear. Denis Wise. Alan Pardew. Sam Allardyce. John Carver. Steve McLaren. Chris Hughton. Kevin Keegan. Alan Shearer. Chris Mort. That’s four decent blokes, and ten I wouldn’t piss on if they were on fire, including four incumbents. That says something to me.

  • 13 stuart no9 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    ‘ we were playing a top team” WHAT ?? ok a good team at best , but even watford with 4 players rested still won . MACCA – f- off . lolol

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