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.
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.