Steve McClaren says there is plenty to build on after Newcastle’s 2-2 draw with Southampton.
However, the United boss said that he had to go through every emotion on Sunday afternoon and a lot of it was ‘endured’.
McClaren thought Newcastle should have been ‘out of sight’ but he found the last 15 minutes especially hard to watch.
Interestingly, the Head Coach brought up the subject of the St James Park crowd urging the players to go for a winner in the final stages, with McClaren saying that instead the players had to show patience and everybody had to take into account how tired the players were towards the end.
McClaren said this with a smile on his face but I could just imagine the stick Alan Pardew would have got, as he had said almost the same thing last season, ironically after Newcastle played Crystal Palace.
With Newcastle leading 3-2 last August, Pardew went a step further and blamed the Newcastle fans for a late Palace equaliser because the crowd had been cheering the team on to go for a fourth goal.
Steve McClaren talking to the BBC:
“I went through every emotion in those 95 minutes and a lot of it was endured, especially towards the end.
“I really enjoyed certain aspects of our game and I thought we were terrific in certain aspects the first 75 minutes we played some great football. Created some great chances and could have been out of sight.”
One chance one goal:
“Their first chance they scored, we came back and I thought the second goal epitomised what we are trying to get the team to do, a terrific goal.
“Then we controlled the game but towards the end we…typical of this crowd, they want you to go for the winner and fatigue had set in, players out there who had played no minutes at all and you could see that. In the end we hung on for the point and a lot of positives.”
Ignore the crowd:
“I saw a lot there to build on and maybe enjoy a game or two, instead of enduring it.
“I think in the last 15 minutes that is the word. We have to be smarter, keep the ball better. Not force it because the crowd want us to go for the winner, be patient. That created us chances before and we will learn from that.