Steve McClaren has progressed from feeling frustrated AND angry last weekend after playing Sunderland, to just feeling frustrated after the goalless draw with Stoke.
The Newcastle boss was full of praise for his players and says that they did everything but win the game, thanks in the main to Jack Butland according to McClaren.
One player in the Newcastle eleven got special praise as well, Rob Elliot in the home goal.
Steve McClaren revealing that his goalkeeper had been injured all week and shouldn’t really have played, the Head Coach believing Elliot had been ‘heroic’.
However, when asked whether Rob Elliot would bounce back for the Bournemouth match, McClaren says that he doesn’t think so.
On the other hand, he doesn’t believe there are major problems with Daryl Janmaat for next weekend.
The United boss saying it is an ongoing knee problem which forced Janmaat to come off against Stoke but he thinks it is ‘not too bad’.
Steve McClaren talking to the club’s official tv channel:
“I am scratching my head, angry and frustrated last week, just frustrated this week.
“We did everything but win the game and but for Jack Butland we’d have got the points. We created better chances than we did last week, the football was good, better chances and dominated the game – we just needed that first goal. The boys kept going and good for them.
“Credit to Rob Elliot, he wasn’t going to play, he has been injured all week. Woke up Saturday morning very sore but insisted on a fitness test and said he wanted to play.
“I thought he was heroic and showed great character. That is the kind of character we need in the dressing room.
“I thought the defenders were very good and I thought Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita were also good, though tired towards the end.”
‘Fit for Bournemouth?’
“We probably don’t think so, it is an ongoing problem that Rob Elliot has had but we will assess it and take it from there.
‘Daryl Janmaat injury?’
“A knee injury which he has had a few problems with, hopefully that is not too bad.”