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?
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.