Before the game last night Steve McClaren had joked that most pundits would go for a 0-0 draw because both Newcastle and Manchester United were finding it difficult to score goals this season.
And Steve thought that because of that it would probably end up 3-3.
Steve McClaren – on the touchline last night
And of course Steve turned out to be right and the Newcastle manager also got the atmosphere he had asked for before the game.
It was simply electric in that second half as Newcastle fought back from the dead to tie the scores at 2-2 – and then even came back again at the death to get a vital point after Wayne Rooney had again put the Red Devils ahead.
This is what Steve had said before the game.
“We desperately need the fans on our side,” “We need a similar atmosphere to what they produced against Liverpool and Everton, so they can get behind the players and get the place rocking.”
“It can really bring the performance out of the team and we’ll need that against Manchester United.”
“You’d say a goalless draw is the odds-on result,” “Then again, it could be 3-3 and everyone breaks their duck.”
“You just don’t know. We just want to start well and put in a good performance.”
Maybe Steve should say before Saturday´s game that nobody expects us to beat West Ham and therefore we will probably get all 3 points.
It´s worth a try.