Steve McClaren says that every game has to be approached the same way, whether it is Watford, Norwich, or…Sudnerland.
The Newcastle boss states he would be ‘disappointed if we were asking for a little more from our players’ for a derby match.
McClaren’s inference being that this would then mean that the team would then be giving a little less in other games.
The reality of course is that derby matches are different to any other and the frenetic nature of them, probably means they do need to be looked at in a ‘different’ way.
How this affects what the coaching staff do is down to them, though on this occasion it simply seems as though Steve McClaren is going to extreme lengths to downplay the importance of games against Sunderland.
McClaren says that past games are immaterial, though at the same time he states that ‘we are here to break history and tradition’.
The win over Norwich has relieved so much pressure on the Head Coach and his players but Newcastle are far away from being able to relax.
Whether he says it publicly or not, Steve McClaren must know just what a lift a derby win would give everybody inside and outside the club. It isn’t just another three points, it would be a massive marker for players and fans, plus obviously give Newcastle massive momentum going into the following run of ‘winnable’ games.
A win on Sunday would be worth more than the basic three points because it would almost certainly (in my opinion) lead to winning more points in upcoming games, as that confidence and momentum would flow through the team, as well as helping to fill the 5,000+ empty seats from the Norwich match.
“It is a total focus on the next game and we don’t treat any one game any different to any other. Less important, more important, they should all be the same. I would be disappointed if we were asking for a little more from our players.
“It is huge, losing a game in the Premier League, you can be beaten by Sunderland, Manchester City, Norwich, Watford, whoever, it is devastating and like I said, no game should be approached any differently.
“We don’t get carried away when we get beat and we don’t get carried away when we win. To try to be as level as possible.
“We got a result finally, put that one to bed, get back to work.
“I don’t want to talk about games gone past. We sit here and everybody tells me about games in past, the history…we are here to break history and tradition, we are here to prepare to win the next game.
“I thought the front four (v Norwich) were a constant threat and they have to continue that on Sunday.”