McClaren Explains What Went Wrong – Says There Are 12 Cup Finals Left


Newcastle turned in one of their most pathetic performances of the season tonight at Stamford Bridge and this with only  12 games left in the season to save ourselves.

And Steve McClaren is saying the same thing he said when we had just 3 points from the first 8 games – we need to become more consistent.

So when is that going to happen?

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Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey
Now look at the mess we’re in


This is what Steve McClaren said after the game – and you have to believe his words were directed at Mike Ashley – the owner:

“You get one or two of these games a season. I’ve told the players don’t let that derail us. It was damage limitation by half-time. I just wanted to make sure we scored a goal and stayed in the game.”

“We have 18 days now – three or four players should return from injury and we can work on others in terms of fitness, and getting some defenders back in.”

“We are getting a consistency at home but we need to pick up some points away from home. There are 12 cup finals to come. We’ve got to stay calm and stable.”

I remember John Carver last season talking about so many cup finals to go –  and he managed to lose eight games straight.

And this was a cup final too – and we didn’t do too good in this one.

The problem Steve has to confront is that this – along with the Everton game – were two of the worst performances this season – we were a complete shambles in both games – more so in this game – when it was so very important.

It’s not about getting consistency away from home – it’s about not being a complete shambles away from home.

We have lost three away games 6-1, 5-1 and 5-1 this season – no wonder our goal difference is now the worst in the Premier League and we have also conceded a massive 49 goals in 26 league games.

In the previous three seasons we conceded 190 goals – so it’s a pity we didn’t spend more money on bringing in some defensive players this season.

It’s simply not good enough and we are now likely to be relegated this season – we are not just losing away games – we are being hammered.

On the other hand Guus Hiddink was delighted with Chelsea’s performance and it’s not too surprising they threw the kitchen sink at us in the early stages.

That’s because they know – as other teams will know in future road games – that we usually just crumble under pressure on the road.

Guus was right.

This is what the Dutchman said after the game in what was his first home win:

“We can be pleased with the performance of the guys. We tried to surprise them in the beginning. Happily it worked out.

“It’s important for the way we played, not just in attack. The players also have to do defensive work and that is where we are aiming and then the quality comes out.”

This was a complete humiliation for Newcastle United – just in case I didn’t make myself clear.

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170 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Feb 13, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #1

    If we do go for another manager, as a final throw of the dice, it would have to be Pearson, with Clement as second choice.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 13, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #2

    manxpie // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    jack
    ofcourse they’ve got something to lose a relegation on there CV

    look at moyes for instance an absolute god when he was at everton and now a nobody even though his record isn’t as bad at man u minus spending an extra £250,000 mill as gaal has

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  • JackButler

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #3

    If nothing else this season has to highlight the need to sack Charnley and Carr, no matter what happens this season there needs to be a complete overhaul at the top as we are not even capable of spending our way out of trouble anymore

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Can we hurry up and win one of these cup finals, the club might finally hire a cabinet cleaner

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  • JackButler

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Manx

    They have nothing to lose as we are expected to go down, relegation would come because of what has already happened at the club, so they’d have a free run and neither of them have suitors lining up to employ them do they

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  • Take A Chancel On Me

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Sky said Newcastle were off to a Sunny camp
    I think a Sunni camp would be preferable, might show them how to fight!

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  • manxpie

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #7

    i’m surprised villa havent picked up pearson
    but i really feel that is the only manager that would come clement is definatley not the answer he has just been sacked for not turning round a poor run aswell as playing bad football with the most expensive championship club
    no thanks

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  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Reilly

    “do norwich swansea palace b/mouth sunderland west brom have better squads.no they dont”

    That’s as maybe – but as long as only two of them play as bad as we are, we’ll go down.
    Nor does Leicester on paper – but its about performance on the pitch, playing with grit and determination and giving your all. Form can override quality.

    But our defence is deffo the worst.. and it’ll be their mistakes that decide it.

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  • JAMSHA

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #9

    townsend needs to play on the RW his lookd very good there,, drop sissoko,, play aarons on L wing colback as LB

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  • JAMSHA

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #10

    cant fault mitro, he needs a stroker beside him, play doumbia an mitro togather

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  • manxpie

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #11

    jack no one wants a relegation on there CV no matter what
    and just think of all the oppertunities that arise early on in the season they can afford to wait
    and ashley wouldn’t pay for them anyways lol
    we have under ashley payed one of the worst managers wages

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #12

    STFU McCalaren you Bell End.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #13

    manxpie I am a recruitment consultant – his CV upon application would be binned.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #14

    just watching valencia jesus there defense is worse than ours no wonder gary has got a job on his hands

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Reilly
    You can’t name good defenders or goalscorers in our good squad I take it? I’m waiting.

    Tell me what I said about Mitro. I never said he was a good goalscorer. I’ve never seen a good squad with no goalscorers and a poor defence. Have you?

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  • manxpie

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #16

    sir who’s?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Big pay out for a director as well – Kerching 🙂

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #18

    doumbia
    where the hell did we get him from – e-bay.
    got the first touch of an elephant.
    mind you the rest were crap to.
    When are the TOON going to give away performance for the travelling fans who have spent hundreds following the TOON and are served up shit.
    NEWCASTLE UNITED PLAYERS YOU OWE IT TO THE TRAVELLING FANS
    WHO WERE BRILLIANT TODAY!!!!!!!!!!

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  • reilly

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #19

    blackley il make this plain and simple so you get it.
    i have no interest in talking to you,i have seen over time what type of poster you are.
    im a grown man that has no time for internet gobshite fools.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #20

    nevilles starting to look like a little hitler lol

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  • banjax

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Mclaren was a failure at Derby and was sacked after a string of lost matches. How much more time and money is Ashley going to give him before he relegates Newcastle United ?

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  • benjohnsen

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Just watched the video of Cisse’s goal spree spring 2012. Not a bad team at all.

    Krul
    Simpson – Williamson – Coloccini – Santon
    Cabaye – Tiote – Gutierrez
    Ben Arfa – Cisse – Ba

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  • Lanzatoon42

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #23

    SACK MCLAREN NOW!!!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Reilly
    I thought you wouldn’t be able to answer that. And I thought you would want to avoid me on the blog because you appear to be extremely limited. That’s fine. But if you keep calling me clueless, I’ll keep posing to you the questions that you can’t answer. That’s why your bitter in the first place.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #25

    anyone who says sack mcclaren at least in the same post give your replacement lol

    ffs we were here a year ago and we got carver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Belfast

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Sack McClaren!

    I hear Roy Race is available and very interested.

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #27

    charlie—– thats where our problem lies ,.. ” the fans were brilliant today” its time we wernt , ,, as for the rest of the season? the only good that will come out of it now is that it is going to cost ash the cash £400M in tv rights , and his adverising campaign for SD . So its not all bad news.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #28

    there ya go as easy as that good choice belfast player manager i suppose?

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  • reilly

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #29

    thats it im done,carnt be doing with a no mark.
    have fun everyone i enjoyed my time on here.
    TOON ARMY.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Guaranteed to stay up with Roy Race.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #31

    We deserve to be relegated, we’ve had several transfer windows to strengthen a shoddy pathetic defence and chose not too, we need goals and are playing without a prolific striker.
    Our players have a poor loosing lazy attitude, wtf goes on in training?

    But tbh I expected we’d be ripped apart, our work ethic is shocking and has been for a long time.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #32

    I think Roy Races playing days are behind him Manxpie. So just manager unless there’s an injury crisis.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #33

    nick jarvis is another option i mean if he can deal with his bird being blown up by chinese spies he could deal with nufc!

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  • jimiley

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Mr Tuftys TV interview after the games was a sackable offence in its own right.
    Smiling away, he basically said that everything would be Oknand that Chelsea are a top team and too good for us. He would get a reaction for the next 12 games and everything would be grand in la la land. Instead of being shocked, he was very upbeat. Incredible stuff from tufty.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Aarons looked totally lost, nervous and out of his league today. Mind the only players who worked hard was Townsend, and Mitrovic, the rest looked like a bunch of clueless amateurs.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #36

    Aye if you where at a party Jimiley and McClaren was quite drunk you would definitely shave that patch of grass on his forehead.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #37

    jimiley nah he wasn’t he said where the problems were and wat we all know and that the next few weeks are great as we will get much needed players back
    wat do you expect him to say? “yeah thats it for us we’re down!”
    come on he pointed out all we said and that there is still hope

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  • Blofal

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #38

    McClaren has to go.

    Any new manager needs the last 12 games. If they don’t do it now it will be too late.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #39

    With a bic razor.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #40

    shut up belfast you baldist or tuftest either or your still somethingist!

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