Steve McClaren has explained in the Chronicle today how last Wednesday´s game at Stoke is a lot different than today´s game at home to Bournemouth,
But why is that the case?
Maybe if we play our away games trying to win them – like we do at home – we would have more success on the road?
Steve McClaren at Stoke – yes – yet another away defeat
Steve McClaren was asked if he was under pressure and this was his response in the Chronicle:
“Of course you are, you are always under pressure. That’s what you get internally not externally, you are always wanting to win the next game anyway. We are no different.”
“It’s disappointing when you don’t. We hope to create a healthy tension and know the situation, then do something about it.”
“There’s been a lot said externally. We can only control what we can within the club. The players seem up for it and ready. We need to be.”
“It’s always a must win. From now on in we need to maintain our home performances and improve our away games and form.”
“We just have to make sure it is a good opportunity and a good chance, but Bournemouth are a good team and they will be difficult opponents.”
“I think a lot of patience and belief is needed. Bournemouth can frustrate.”
“People have spoken about the set-up of the team on Wednesday, but we just wanted to be solid and hard to beat.”
“I thought Yoan Gouffran came in and did the job on the left hand side to help Paul Dummett out in his first game back against Shaqiri.“
“I thought he did that well. Bournemouth is a different game, it’s at home and we have to be a lot more positive. In football, winning and losing is a fine dividing line.”
“We did so well for 80 minutes plus and never looked like conceding. It looked like it would be a draw and it would have been a good draw for us.”
“Then we just lost our shape for a split second and gave Shaqiri the chance to score.”
“We fought for the last 10 minutes and really had Doumbia scored and that goes in we’d have deserved a point.”
“We’d have been quite buoyant but that’s the fine line between winning and losing.”
It´s a fine line yes, but we keep losing too many away games.
It seems like McClaren could even be making his own problems when he sets up the team so differently for away games – so we go into those games trying to defend and hang on and we very rarely attack the opposition away from home.
Maybe that´s why we have lost all our last seven games on the road?
It´s all in the mind.