People who don’t ‘get’ football, often accuse us of taking it far too seriously, now Steve McClaren has fuelled that particular fire with some fitting over the top language after the goalless draw at Old Trafford.

There was no ‘the lads did their best and a battling performance got us three points’, instead McClaren says that they told the players they would ‘have to die out there’ to get a result.

Happily deaths were kept to a minimum and the one point result was achieved.

Whilst nobody expired on the pitch, the Newcastle Head Coach has revealed that his players were the hardest working of all the clubs in the Premier League last weekend.

Steve McClaren saying the team ran the biggest distance according to the stats of all 20 clubs.

When the opposition have 70% possession then the natural consequence of that is that you will have to do more work than the opposition, happily the players were up to that task at Old Trafford.

Whilst Newcastle did have their moments going forward with Mitrovic hitting the bar and Thauvin almost winning it in injury time, McClaren will surely need a big change in the stats if his team are going to improve on last Saturday’s result, when playing Arsenal.

Hopefully the hard work ethic will remain but with Newcastle at home against what has been an unconvincing Arsenal team so far, surely there has to be more of an attacking emphasis on McClaren’s tactics and team selection.

With Florian Thauvin added to the team then he and Daryl Janmaat could build a great partnership on the right and both are very good crossers of the ball…with Aleksandar Mitrovic waiting for his moment.

Steve McClaren:

“Saturday took a lot out of them, some of the players were absolutely knackered afterwards and so they should have been.

“We did tell them, to get the result or even to get close, they would have to die out there….and they did.”

Hard work = Rewards:

“We have seen the statistics, in terms of the distances that they have run, and from all the Premier League clubs we were the most.

“It shows how hard they worked in that game and now they have set a standard for themselves.”