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McClaren Praise For Two Unlikely Lads

One of the real talking points that came out of the game on Saturday was the experience of Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote – where a very patched up side put in one of the best performances of the season against West Brom and we won a must-win game 1-0.

But a 5-0 scoreline would have been more reflective of just how better Newcastle were on the day, but we still missed chances galore.

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Cheick Tiote – showed great spirit

When those long high balls were going into the defense it was Steven who was heading them clear – and as always the local lad risked life and limb in blocking shots as though his life depended on it.

And Cheick Tiote had a great game alongside the very impressive Jonjo Shelvey in central midfield, and we came out of the game thinking we could now survive this season.

This is how Steve talked about  Tiote and Taylor after the game:

“You just look at them – Tiote and Taylor – and their spirit it exactly what we need in the team.” “If you get that from two the rest will follow.”

“We’d like to see it from more. Once they do we can show people what we can do.” “It’s not so much the leadership, it’s just the way they play.

“They’re so aggressive in the game. Tiote has only trained with us for two days and we’ve got another five in the treatment room.”

If we do survive – we could even be a (very) good side next season and maybe even do a Leicester City – but yes – I´m getting carried away again.

If we do avoid relegation, we are convinced Mike Ashley will go for broke this summer and spend as much money as necessary to ensure we get three top players in – a striker, a center-back and a left back.

We also need the squad to be bigger to be able to handle the injuries we pick up every single season.

And talking about injuries we have to somehow keep Steven and Cheick fit for the next three months.

Newcastle cannot have any more relegation battles – we have had three of them in the last four seasons – it´s not good enough and certainly not good for the nerves.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Slank

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    We tend to play well at Chelsea (horses for courses) and so I’m optimistic.

    I would play the same team except for Aarons. Whilst he didn’t put a foot wrong on Saturday he didn’t have to as there wasn’t threat from WBA.

    It will be different at Chelsea with possibly Willian and certainly Ivanovi? raiding down our left side. Therefore, I would play Colback if he is fit in the left back position.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s worrying that we miss so so many chances, but I guess far it would be far more worrying if we weren’t creating them. Imagine watching WBA every week.

    I just wish we could take the home mentality into away matches. We go for it at home but away we go into defensive mode and usually lose as a result.

  • Wayayman

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Relieved after the weekend, but we can’t rest on our laurels as Chelsea will be a totally different proposition to that weak WBA set up. Aarons didn’t have much to do defensively – other than almost give another penalty away showing just how bad a tackler he is- and he really cannot be played against Chelsea with their pace and skill down the right.

    Aaaaanyway, also wanted to ask that the people having some sort of school playground spat over supposed multiple accounts can actually just let it go. This is the Internet, it’s not real life. People are free to have multiple personalities online if their fragile ego and lack of self-worth demands yet they try to impress strangers who don’t actually care or read their posts anyway. Let’s stick to football eh?

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4


    difficult one that. Aarons was as poor as everyone else at everton but he looked the part on Saturday, given it’s not his position. He even managed to get in a very brave goal saving header

    Aarons did well getting forward and he does have pace. Colback has no pace and can make equally rash challenges, so not sure on that one.

  • mindshaft

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Chelsea certainly won’t play as negatively as WBA and will almost definitely target Aaron’s as a weak spot – he’s not a LB and is a bit of a liability tackling in the box … he’s a winger after all

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6


    i dont think you like football, and il tell you why, under p45, you backed him all the way based on a 5th place finish, sometime the guy could do no wrong if you read your posts, the guy was here 4 years, and i can count on 1 hand how many good games i watched under him, now your welcome to your opinion on Shteve, but to say he is a poor , based on what, because pretty much everything about how we play now is the polar oppsitte to the way we used to play last year, and i can think of at least 10 games this year where we have not got the result the game deserved, and thats life, you can say you dont like the guy for a few other reasons, but not his coaching,, game plan, sometimes, subs, quite often, but this is something P45 got wrong on pretty much every match.

    i bet if he had us in 5th place right now, you would class him as a god, the same way you prased P45..

    i wrote this for Jesper yesterday,, but i actually think it fits you much better,, i think you are the lead sheep on your site,

    I don’t remember many bad performances this season, but the one that were bad were shocking, but these few bad performances seem to define Shteve, people will rave about how well we play in games, talk about the passing and chances created but not finished, and this is something I don’t quite understand as logic in my head tells me that if you put in bad performances, bad results will follow, but for a long time P45 was hero worshiped by the masses for this very thing, Shteve has us playing the best football we have seen in many a year, but results haven’t always went the way they should have, but again in my head if you have created good chances and play good football and the team is together, then you will get more good results than bad.

    For me this is the polar opposite to the season we finished 5th, we played shocking football but had 2 good finishers at the club and finished 5th, this season we play pretty good football, but just don’t finish as well as we should be, but sit 4th bottom.

    This for me is why we have way to many sheep as fans , they base there augment on something that happened many years ago. These same guys put the likes of LVG , hiddink, koeman on a pedestal, these guys started there management careers in Holland , in that tiny league that means nothing when you say say Shteve won it with a club that wasn’t one of the top teams.

    Yes there are better managers out there, and he has never been my first choice, but just as I did with P45 I gave him a chance, I think he has done ok.

    P45 took over a team that was together and wrecked it, Shteve had to rebuild it. And he done it quite quick in my book

  • Saivet The Saviour

    Feb 8, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Tiote was awesome on Saturday


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