Steve McClaren says that Newcastle United will get no credit for Tuesday night’s win.
The United Head Coach saying that beating Northampton was simply expected and that the players had to do a professional job, which of course they managed in the 4-1 win.
A brief scare when the visitors pulled one back and had a spell of pressure, when Karl Darlow made a really good save to keep Newcastle in front.
Though overall McClaren couldn’t have been happier as he thought for the first time since he arrived, Newcastle looked a real attacking threat, albeit against weaker opposition.
He points the finger at the new signings and especially Florian Thauvin for increasing that attacking threat and with better finishing, Newcastle could and should have had a few more goals.
Hopefully they have kept a few of those for Arsene Wenger and his team on Saturday.
The Gunners, despite an average start to the season for them, will obviously be a different proposition to Northampton.
Great though to see the options for goals and creativity rapidly expanding in the Newcastle squad.
“We are going to get no credit for the win, we are expected to, and we said before the game we had to do a professional job and that is what we have done.
“We could have made the game safe in the first half, we had four or five good chances and the keeper made good saves – we should have been more ruthless with other opportunities.”
Thought this could be a nice evening:
“A great workout for us, started terrific, two very good goals and then we thought this could be a nice evening.. Then they pull one back and a little bit hairy….(Northampton almost equalised) but second half, a lot of good performances out there.
“People got minutes, people showed what they could do and what pleased me most is that in other games we haven’t really looked an attacking threat, but you can see with the players that we have got, bought in, that we could be more of a threat going forward.”