McClaren – Apart From The Two Goals – We Were Terrific


Steve McClaren is often struggling in his press conferences on exactly what positive things to talk about – and for the 12th time in just 23 league games this afternoon he had to go before the cameras to explain what happened in yet another defeat.

And it’s not unusual what Steve said after our 2-1 defeat at Watford today.

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Quique Flores and Steve McClaren today
Guess who was winning?

We started the game well and were in control – and then they scored.

Here’s more detail on what McClaren actually said after this particular defeat – out fourth loss on the trot on the road:

“We started the game so well and looked in control,” “The two goals really killed us. It’s disappointing – we fought and came back.”

“We threw everything at them – it wasn’t our day.” “We talked about focus at half-time and the first 10 minutes being important.”

“The second goal was from an aimless cross into the box. We then had a mountain to climb.”

“Apart from the two goals – the performance was terrific. We’ve got to get it right at both ends.” 

“We’ve had a tough Christmas. The last few results we’ve been growing and getting better. We lick our wounds and go again.”

Let’s make that – we’ve had another very tough and depressing season and it’s not just been the Christmas period – what about the first 8 games when we picked up only three draws?

This is really hard to take for supporters after the calamities of last season, when John Carver was put in charge by Lee Charnley and John was just completely and utterly over his head.

And what did Lee do about it – absolutely nothing.

And Steve McClaren needs to understand that given our perilous position in the league table – the results are now a lot more important than the performances.

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114 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Superb analysis, Steve.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Sampauli and benitez are available now

    Only consolation is CP are dropping like a stone.

    What did carr ever really see in mitro. he can’t beat anyone with pace or skill and seems to totally mistime his jumps at crosses.

    If we have to beg remy then get it done, a pacy striker who knows where the net is, cos the current lot couldn’t hit the proverbial barn door. While we’re at it Guerreiro for LB please

    You know the game is up when you see gouffran come on. How can Shelvey be so night and day from last week!

    We have a pile of absolute s–t mainly from france with gouff, obertan,marv, rivi, haidara, thauvin etc.

    SM stop writing emails and get some proper management done or rather just walk..

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  • hibbitt

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #3

    jimiley
    incase you haven’t noticed we are in trouble

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m.sick.of. hearing. this. crap.

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  • Owldman

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Why the hell did we not start with Perez McLaren is now a liability, not a clue no compassion, no doubt Ashley is wondering what the hell have I done appointing this man.

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #6

    … if we had not lost – we would have won … it’s so frustrating..

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #7

    In control u can play great play them of the park but no point on the board says it all just keep your mouth shut SM

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #8

    stevie,
    Just watched it on SSN he pulls that face like he’s having a shite and says we’re not scoring enough away from home, the commitment is there, the organisation is there and we’re playing good football just not getting results, we shouldn’t have to keep scoring two to get a result.
    WELL GET YOUR GAFFER TO BUY SOME FCUKIN DEFENDERS THEN.

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  • anthc

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Same drivel from mclaren after a poor result. Not bothered about the football at the minute just want points on the board. On a plus note five extra games in the championship if your daft like me and have a season ticket.

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  • switch365

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #10

    The difference between the rest of the league and the bottom 3, is that us, the mackems and villa couldn’t make a solid back 4 if you merged all 3 teams together.

    STOKE, PALACE, WEST BROM, we’ve scored more goals than all 3, but they don’t have the Keystone Kops at the back.

    Yes goals win games, but the only way to lose games is to concceed.

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  • the broons

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #11

    I have not once called for his head even during this terrible tirade of results and PERFORMANCES.

    But if the words Ed has quoted there are true, then Mcclaren needs sacking now! If that is what he bases as a terrific performance on then we need rid of this overrated gonk as quick possible.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #12

    I haven’t seen the game but just watched the video highlights. For the first goal it seems Colo was ball watching? Is that right? Their striker takes advantage to slip away. When Colo wakes up, it’s all too late. That’s what it looks like to me. This is what some of us have been saying. Toonbrother’s been pointing it out but people don’t see it or don’t want to see it. It’s the story of our season. Can’t score and can’t defend.

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  • NoahJ

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #13

    I am now convinced that he doesn’t actually believe these speeches he gives to the press; he does it to deflect criticism and keep an upbeat positivity (however out of touch that appears)

    Either that, or he’s actually deluded. In which case, he is in no fit mental state to be guiding us through the toughest challenge of our recent history.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #14

    If we keep playing like this we’ll be ok ???
    Do we keep saying that until it becomes mathematically impossible !

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  • switch365

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Is it time to give Rivier a run of games and use Mitro off the bench?

    I’m all for giving players time to settle, time to get used to the pace and ferocity of the league and time to get to learn the runs of their team mates, but at some point there comes a time when you have to say, sorry lad, but you’re dropped.

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  • juan

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #16

    STEVE MCCLAREN “” apart from finishing in the bottom 3 we’ve had a terrific season”” ??

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  • lesh

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #17

    The liner sank, all lost but reports said it was a marvelous cruise!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Was the performance terrific ?

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  • Obertans_on_roids

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Apart from the 12 defeats – We’ve been unbeatable this season.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Does anybody ever get the sack at Newcastle anymore or can all the executives be shit all the time and then get a pay rise??? Do you have to shoot the Pope or the Queen to be dismissed? Just being shit at your job seems to be a badge of honour bringing you into Ashleys inner circle

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  • jimiley

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Switch 365
    Are you losing your marbles? Mitro and/or Riviere. Both are shit. Relegation is guaranteed. No goals.

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  • mainemagpie

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #22

    “We just said to the players that we won’t have a problem if we keep performing like that every week,”

    Hey Steve, if we keep on performing as we have over the last 3 games we will end up with an additional 19 points making 40 after 38 games. The problem is that all Swansea, Norwich and Bournemouth have to do is play like they are playing and they will end up with more than 40 points, relegating Newcastle. So Steve, the thing is, we have to perform BETTER than that, and then we won’t have a problem.

    Persisting with Mitrovich as a lone striker is killing us as he can’t effing score!! And to say his hold up play is good is irrelevant because it doesn’t create goals!

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #23

    JfA
    He seems to be reading from the same song sheet as those before him doesn’t he

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #24

    If he keeps saying that he can’ t fault the players – when is he going to admit it’s his fault ?

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  • NYMAG

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #25

    I don’t know what game he was watching because we were terrible. He got it completely wrong tactically. Ighalo completely dominated colo and they did the exact same thing they did when we played them at home and we learned nothing. Losing to Watford 3 times in the same season is atrocious.

    I hope Ashley watched that shower and realizes we need to push deals through for Townsend and Berahino as well as a center half.

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  • lesh

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Owkdman

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  • Tuttelbom

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #27

    A thing that is pretty easy to see is that a far majority of the players on pitch today wasnt there mentally.
    We got outrunned, outpassed and outplayed, and hasnt it been for some dedicated few this would be an ugly evening.
    It helped a bit after we went down down by 2, (or was it Watford stepping down a bit) but SM clearly isnt the right man for this job.
    The main priority for MA now, should be to dip big in the manager market. Get in one that the players can put some beliefe in. And a worldclass main striker + a worldclass CB is whats neede now to avoid relegation.

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  • lesh

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Owldman

    I’ll try again (damned phone!)

    Why didn’t he start with Perez? Because he’s been told to try all striking options, nay play all fringe players to prove that they’re not up to the Prem.

    And then, having lost valuable points since the window opens, Charnley might decide to get his asre into gear and buy what we need – good players for CB, LB and striker – not Carr’s recommendations!

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #29

    We played well apart from the two goals.

    That’s OK then?

    Trying hard to not dislike him now. It’s beginning to bubble.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Let’s be a little bit fair here, the first goal was offside, that’s a fact , you cannot blame Shteve for that, the guy is quick enough without getting a yard head start.

    After that we chase the game, just like manuer game

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Don’t take this the wrong way but I’m glad that we have lost today, if it means that the board have now got to get off they arses and get players in quickly like Townsend and that west brom player then so be it, if they made decent bids for them in the first place then they would be right now, also we need defenders in as well.

    Time is ticking clowns.

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  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #32

    OH DEAR CENTER BACK..WHERE ARE YOU? ARE YOU ONLY GOING TO JOIN US IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP?

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  • Belfast

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #33

    If that was terrific I’m dreading a “poor” performance

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #34

    So many calls for a CB. So much support for Colo. I just wonder who this much desired CB is meant to replace?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #35

    catchy,
    Your wiilingness to absolve Mclaren of any blame is just as one sided as your adamance that everything was Pardews fault.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Blackas,
    We pretty much heard from Elliott the other day. Dummet is Collos replacement, I bet Taylor is offered a pay as you play e tension as well.

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #37

    Statistics might not prove anything – but can anyone find any evidence from the last three or four seasons that proves they are adequate ?
    Even in the 5th place season we only had a +5 GD

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  • Belfast

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Mitrovic buries that chance in the first half it’s a completely different game though.

    We badly need a striker, like somebody pointed out earlier the ball went into the box a number of times and the bloke was about five yards behind it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #39

    catchy,
    You love stats to back up your arguments, so lets be fair. They had more shots than us on target off target and more possession. Mclaren changed the forward line that played so well against W Ham. He left it until three minutes to go before bringing on Riverie.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #40

    We played the same today as we usually do, with no cutting edge, lack of quality, lethargic and looking Basically lost, proving we’re relegation candidates.

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