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We Will Go There To Win – Just Like We’ve Done All Season

2:05 pm, Friday, February 12th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

Under new manager Guus Hiddink Chelsea are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions and have won four of the last eight games so it’s a decent chance for Newcastle to inflict their first loss for while.

We did that last season when we broke their 23 game unbeaten run that lasted 102 days – when we beat them 2-1 at St. Jame’s Park.

Of course with the team we have today who have just 7 points and six goals in 12 away games that’s a tall order.

steve mcclaren press conf

Steve McClaren – press conference today

Not surprisingly Steve McClaren has said we are going to Stamford Bridge to win the game – but what else could he say given our precarious position in the league table?

Here’s what Steve has said today:

“We are going there to win, and that’s what we have always done all season.”

“Maybe that’s to our detriment that we have gone for the win. We can’t sit back, we can’t soak up pressure and hit teams on the break, we have to be quite front foot.”

“That’s how we play. It’s not got us results and we are hoping to turn that around, starting tomorrow.”

“Hiddink has come in and done a great job, settled the squad down, got them back to being hard to beat and grinding out results, 11 games unbeaten – I know they have drawn quite a few, but being hard to beat.

“They have got so many talented players, a front four that at any time can win games, so they are very dangerous opponents and it’s a tough game for us.

“But really the focus is on us, not on Chelsea. The focus tomorrow for our players is not the opponents, it’s ourselves and we have to get over a barrier to start picking up points away from home.”

It’s good that Steve says we will go to try to win the game at Chelsea tomorrow – but saying we will play in the same  way we have done all season away from home when that has got us just two wins and eight defeats in 12 away games is kind of disheartening.

Shouldn’t we be changing the tactics when they have proven not to work in the past?

It looks like Jack Colback is available again and maybe Steve has a decision to make on whether the more experienced Colback replaces young Rolando Aarons who performed so well in that position against West Brom.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Feb 12, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Fingers crossed that the “Real” NUFC turn up tomorrow, ready to sweat blood and tears to win the game. Nothing else will give them a fighting chance.
    We can’t defend, so trying to hit them on the break doesn’t look too clever. Get at them from the off, rattle them a bit – you never know, it might just work!!

  • 2 catchy in norway // Feb 12, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    We were the first to beat them last season

  • 3 sing in the corner // Feb 12, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    I like to see SM quoted as saying we have to go for the win…we can’t sit back etc.
    The discouraging thing is the bit where he said we have all season. In reality there are lots of games I seem to remember where we were quite negative and conceded ground to the opposition,inviting them on, low possession stats.
    Of course, we didn’t have as many front foot options then, but howay Steve don’t rewrite history..!

  • 4 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 12, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Good posts about Makro’s predicament as a result of the poor transfer business in the summer. And realistic about events since Shelvey arrived.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Feb 12, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Good to see you Blackas, I think Makro is full of shite tbh

  • 6 Rotonda heights // Feb 12, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    I see that hand balling cheat henry is mouthing off about us, calling is too demanding . Has someone not told him we haven’t won anything really meaningful since 1955!!!

  • 7 Rotonda heights // Feb 12, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    amazing all these 1000’s of people voting in ed’s polls when I would say there are maybe 20-30 regulars on here. Something is very fishy there.

  • 8 bettyswallocks // Feb 12, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Jail…. I have a strong suspicion that your latest troll is Jib. Some of the insults are a bit too sophisticated for the previous mob.

  • 9 sing in the corner // Feb 12, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Having been a central defender in my illustrious playing days, and learning Costa has broken his nose in training but will still play…I’m sure as shoyte if I was Steven Taylor or Colo I would be popping a flailing hand out in the direction of his grid every time I went up for a header with him. Just to test his temper…
    Either way I’ll be keeping my eye on that little contest if we are still competing as the game goes on.

  • 10 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 12, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Some one is due a good hammering from us, might as well be Chelsea. 6-0 to the Toon.

  • 11 Blackstarbullet // Feb 12, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Muppet, we’ve gone and tried to park our bus until it’s too late and then hope for a miraculous breakaway. On past form we’d miss a one on one.

  • 12 cornishman // Feb 12, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Right at Chelsea from the off, rattle their cages and who knows…come on the toon

  • 13 Moonraker15 // Feb 12, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Does McClaren realise how stupid his statements are when he says we’ll go to win ” like we have all season” ?

    Ffs how many away wins have we and if that’s not a time to do something different, then when is ?

    I think this has been his reason for a poorish record over the years!

    He must be able to look at the Everton game and learn from it surely! If we play the same and lose I will be in despair again! If ever a Chelsea team was ripe for beating it’s now!

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