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.
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.