Steve McClaren tried to find out what went wrong last night at Goodison Park when we were looking forward to watching an improved Newcastle side take on a side that hadn´t won in the league since Everton beat us 1-0 at St. James´ Park.
But what we got was a shocker, where to use words Steve McClaren likes to use – we must have taken five steps back with last night´s disastrous performance.
Ross Barkley after scoring penalty
McClaren thinks too many players were below par last night:
“Too many players were below par.” “We can’t play like that in front of 52,000 fans on Saturday, we need a reaction, we have to do better than that.”
“In the first half you could see that the Everton players and supporters were nervous, we didn’t take advantage of that, we weren’t aggressive enough.”
“In the second half we had a go but it wasn’t enough.” “The second goal was decisive.” “Scoring the second goal made it a different game and allowed us to control things.”
Maybe we should have expected something like this happening because in Steve´s press conference for the game seemed far too upbeat, insisting repeatedly the Newcastle Board, of which he is a member, had done really great in the January transfer window.
He also said we had a squad good enough to survive in the Premier League this season and there was never excuse for being relegated.
Here´s a reminder of what he said:
“I don’t think there has ever been an excuse for being relegated. ‘I didn’t expect any before, and I definitely don’t expect any now.”
“I’m delighted with what we brought in. The squad is a lot stronger than what it was at the beginning of the month.”
“I think we said from the outset in the summer that’s what we wanted. We wanted to take this club forward, and that will only progress through investment.
‘Really, it’s just the beginning, it’s not the end.’ ‘I think Berahino would have been a bonus.”
“The Board, when we got together and discussed it, it was ambitious, it was out there making a statement and I think it would have been a bonus if it had come off.”
“I think we have done great business. If you said we would have signed the likes of Townsend and Shelvey, two top quality young players, England internationals, by the end of the window.“
“We would have said you were crazy in the beginning.”
Steve may be reflecting on those words after what happened last night at Goodison Park.
With the position Newcastle are in most Boards would be in crisis management mode on how to correct an ever worsening situation.
But don´t expect much to happen from this Board anytime soon – they have caused a lot of the problems.
That´s unless the owner steps in with some decisions to try to save the club from relegation, which is looking more and more likely as we continue to lose games.