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Steve McClaren Lays It On The Line

7:39 am, Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Newcastle´s away form is terrible this season, but we did manage a surprise win at Tottenham and a win at Bournemouth when the home side missed five clear opportunities to score and Ayoze Perez scored with a half chance in the first half to secure all 3 points.

In 12 away games we have just a measly 7 points and only six goals scored and have conceded a massive 26 goals including 6 at Manchester City and 5 at Crystal Palace.



Steve McClaren on the sidelines on Saturday

If we are to survive this season it´s clear we need to pick up some points in our seven remaining games on the road.

Two tough away games are next up – at Chelsea on Saturday and at Stoke on Wednesday night, March 2nd – so we somehow need to pick up something from those games – two defeats would not be good.

Steve McClaren has mentioned that every single game is vital from now on, if we are to avoid the nightmare and utter tragedy of another relegation.

This is what Steve has said in the Chronicle:

“Our home games are vital, but all games are vital.” “I think we can go anywhere with this team and on our day we can win games.”

“We’ve just got to do it more often, especially away from home.”

There is a certain feel-good factor that has returned after the vital 1-0 win on Saturday against West Brom, but we have to put in another sterling performance at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and try to pick up something from that game before our 18 day lay-off.

We cannot have another repeat of the Everton disgrace in any of our remaining away games.

Comments welcome.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Feb 9, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Derby sack there manager, hmmm,, interference from the board, no wins in 7,, sound familar ?

    just maybe there was more going on at Derby than most of us new about.

  • 2 hibbitt // Feb 9, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Lilongwe / firebug
    one thing i would add i have never seen a Pulis team with no organisation or fight never pretty but always give a 100% very very poor on saturday

  • 3 firebug666 // Feb 9, 2016 at 7:47 AM


    I agree, and although I am loathe to say it, they made us look better than we are.

  • 4 davetoon // Feb 9, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    McClaren does what now?

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Yeah, they were poor. I’d be worried if I were a West Brom fan. They aren’t safe yet, and performances like that won’t get them there. The teams at the bottom are trying there best to make a fight of it, even Villa.

    On Clement, strange that the chairman said promotion wasn’t a target for them. They have had a poor run recently, but are still right up in the mix at the top. Too many draws may be the feeling. I think it was Ronaldo who said Clement was the best coach he ever worked with, maybe he just can’t translate it into management, but for a first managerial role, 5 defeats in 30 isn’t bad.

    Anyway, I’ll be keeping a close eye on him in his next role, his background and even his record at Derby will comfortably see him land another reasonable job.

  • 6 magscar // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:06 AM


    Noticed something last night on previous thread @108 and 109. Either you are trying out something (for whatever reason) or you are about to be misrepresented. Just a heads up after recent shenanigans 🙂

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Sissoko needs a kick up the backside again, he put in a great ball into the 6 yard box in the first half, but if he had got his head up he might have noticed Mitro pull off his marker and was free on the pen spot.

    He really needs to add goals to his game as well, not a single league goal (or cup goal I think) so far this season really isn’t good enough from an attacking midfielder who thinks he is Champions League level.

    Chelsea on TV isn’t the game to do it though, that is the sort of match he puts himself in the shop window during. Let’s hope he puts on a cracking show, because at the moment he would be the one to miss out if we were to begin starting Doumbia, and he will also have Perez breathing down his neck to start again.

    Well, he probably wouldn’t be the one, as I doubt McClaren would have the stones, but based on performance and how the team fits together he should be….

  • 8 banjax // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    If the team lose to Chelsea and Stoke then Mike Ashley must sack McLaren immediately before it’s too late. It would be ideal after the Chelsea game with 18 days to install a new manager, but that would be too much to hope for.

  • 9 catchy in norway // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    I’d take a draw against Chelsea, I think we have to go at them from the first minute though.
    Stoke should be a win, they have looked poor since Xmas.

    What I noticed on Saturday was more shots from outside the box, Jonjo, Townsend and Tiote all trying from distance and hitting the target. This was something new

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    I thought shots/goals from distance were a sign of people having to do everything as the team play wasn’t good enough. You claimed that was why players had to take shots from distance under Pardew? Moments of individual brilliance to get Pardew out of trouble.

    As it is, Shelvey and Townsend registered 1 shot on target a piece from 4. (although I presume that doesn’t include the woodwork) and other than Tiote’s disallowed goal he missed the target with his other shot from range……

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