Steve McClaren´s Prediction Came True Last Night

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.

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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.


17 comments so far

  • Reyantoon

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #1

    I agree with Lilongwe regarding Colback. His contributions are limited.He doesn’t do too bad, at the same time didn’t do something worthy either..

    Thump – haven’t heard about the niggle but I firmly assumed his head was not in the right state of mind to involve in the match.He Might have done something on the left yesterday as that area was our weakest link.No doubt tho,
    he definitely should get proper chance!

  • G

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Wonder if he cashed out early on his bet?

  • cyprus

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #3

    I noticed 🙂

    Agreed but that IS his job, to play it safe and boring. Some positions are less glamorous, his is such. He is a very good player in my opinion. We lack real wingers, a creative MF genius like that City guy and a fast wily forward.

    Not sure what’s up with Perez, my ex pet player 🙂

  • cyprus

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #4

    I predicted a draw. You can check back 🙂

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #5

    It isn’t that I like him, I see talent there, and I see how much he helps our play. He hasn’t scored enough, but we aren’t creating good chances for him. He is creating more chances for others then we are for him. Put Perez or Cisse in the lone striker role last night and we wouldn’t have scored those goals.

    Because he is a handful and causes defenders problems we are able to play higher up the pitch, rather than the ball coming straight back as it has so many times in the last few seasons since Ba left. He allows Gini, Perez and Sissoko to play further forward. It maybe isn’t as noticeable to people at the moment, but if he is out and Cisse comes in the difference in our play and areas of play will be huge.

    We don’t play to his strengths when it comes to scoring goals, but he still offers us an outlet. You could see his frustration at times when players had the ball wide but chose not to cross.

    He has flaws, all strikers do, and he needs to work on those aspects of his game. There is a lot he needs to work on, as you would expect from a player his age. The big issue is that he isn’t quick and that isn’t likely to change, so we need players playing close to him who are and that can play off him. We need players who can deliver balls into the box for him to attack. We put crosses in yesterday, but none were of a good quality – overhit, under hit, first man etc.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #6

    On Townsend, there are other reports today saying Levy refuses to allow him to leave on loan. I’d imagine the loan fee will be substantial if it is a loan, we would have been better off stumping up £5million for Demarai Gray who has joined Leicester. Would also prefer Matty Phillips from QPR, but again he is right sided and Sissoko has done well recently.

    Left side is a bigger issue at the moment, unless Thauvin gets a chance.

  • G

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #7

    I would still prefer Sissoko there if I am honest. Holding midfield is his preferred position. He attacks nicely, if, inconsistently. Collback just isn’t the ideal man for that role. I don’t think its Verns best berth either when fit, but as you say, thats where Macca wants them.

  • micksa

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Cyprus, I’m with you on Perez, he’s been a rare glimpse of light in the squad until recently. But then recently Steve’s had him out on the left, a vast understatement to say he’s not playing to his strengths. Now we have more clout in midfield I’m pretty sure we’ll see him up with Mitro where he belongs this weekend, and I’m looking forward to seeing that light shine again 🙂

  • toonbrother

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #9

    i hate to be the bearer of bad news
    but if colo stays fit we will be relegated come June 2016!
    I am always right about things
    what some dont realise is toonbrother is a student of the game, an astute observer and an obsessive follower of NUFC
    (contrary to what some have alleged, no one loves nufc like toonbrother)
    So consider this a cast iron guarantee
    If colo stays fit Nufc goes down
    Kind regards
    aka nostradamus
    aka SGITR

  • G

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Toonbrother, pick 6 numbers between 1 and 49 for us mate.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #11

    You said we would go down last season as well with Colo in the side. You wanted Macca and said he would drop Colo. Always right? Behave.

  • toonbrother

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Fact: Worst defence in the league Sunderland 39 goals conceded
    Fact :Second Worst defence in the league NUFC 38 goals conceded
    Fact: No team can carry a liability like colocinni for 38 games even if we invest £1 billion in attacking talent
    Last season we blamed Williamson for our defensive woes
    Willow is gone now but we still have the worst defence in the league
    What gives?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Not convinced –
    Too flat-footed for me – plays on his heels instead of the front of the foot.
    because when the TOON breaks quickly he needs to be up with the play gets caught behind the play
    Ain’t read the situation at times – and when to pass shoot.

    BUT – As I said if the TOON can work on him then they have a decent Front player/target man

  • G

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Charlie, at least it was nice to see him moving about a bit and working for the ball last night. He at least has age on his side to work on his game anyway.

  • VanToonMan

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Good Morning Guys,

    Back from an extended xmas and new years holiday – depressing weather to return to!

    Is it too soon to put Saivet and Shelvey straight into the heart of the midfield on Saturday?

    I think Tiote had a solid game yesterday (bit like his old self) – still takes too much time on the ball but we know he has the ability if on form – he used to have Cabaye who would move into space bit further forward – whereas Colback (who I do not rate at all more than a bench player) – stays too close to Tiote and does not like to play the ball forward. – just passes sideways and backwards.

    If too soon – then maybe Tiote and Shelvey as the centre 2 on saturday with Saivet coming on during the game?

  • BandB

    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Mitrovic may not be a 20 goals a season man.
    But he brings the midfield into play in the way no-one since Ba has.
    If he can get 10, and the midfield can get 20, then he’s done his job.
    And his style means the defence isn’t always under the cosh from the ball coming straight back at us.
    Part of the problem until now is that, apart from Wjnaldum, it’s been defenders and not midfielders chipping in with extra goals. Take out Wjnaldum and very few goals come from our midfield.

  • lesh

    Jan 13, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #17


    Look.on the upside. If Perez had played a blinder he’d be off this window.


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