Steve McClaren says that he doesn’t want to make excuses for the dismal showing at Upton Park but…he pointed to (blamed?) the fact that the team were late getting to the stadium because of traffic, leading to a very brief warm-up.
Whilst that might explain to a very small extent the opening exchanges of the game and the ninth minute opening goal, it doesn’t really touch the other 80 odd minutes.
The Newcastle Head Coach says that his players weren’t at the level they have been producing in the first four matches of the season, though if we are honest, apart from a decent showing against Southampton the attacking threat has been almost non-existent.
McClaren says that the new signings will have benefited from the game and he calls for a big reaction from all the players (and the fans!) when Newcastle face Watford on Saturday.
If the players don’t respond then I’m not sure what (excuses?) the United boss will be able to say after that one…
“I don’t know what it was, whether it was the journey and being late, getting here with only a 10 minute warm-up. We said ‘no excuses and deal with it’…maybe we didn’t deal with it.
“I don’t want to make excuses…but it wasn’t the best preparation – the first four games, what we have been doing, we didn’t do that tonight.”
Why we lost:
“That wasn’t the level we’ve been producing, the build-up play and control of the game was ok but our final ball and cross…that final touch in the box wasn’t of the quality of West Ham, which is why we lost.
“Some of these players are new and learning about the Premier League – they will have learnt a lot tonight.”
“To be honest this is a wake-up call for everyone, you know that in the Premier League you need to be 100% at every game and if you are not you get beat.
“Credit though to West Ham, when they got that first goal you could see they were gunning for it and we couldn’t match it. We need a big reaction (v Watford) from everybody, not just the players and the staff but also the fans.”