Steve McClaren claims that it was a ‘great week’ in training as he dealt with the fallout from the Leicester result and performance.

The Head Coach not denying that there had been clashes behind the scenes between coaching staff and players but saying this was exactly what was needed.

The message appears to be that everything is now out in the open, words said, a good reaction in training and now….

We all wait to see what the reality is at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

Two shocking displays against Bournemouth and Leicester have sent out big warning signals, despite the very fortunate three points on the south coast.

I think for many of us, against Leicester, after only five or ten minutes you could see the writing was on the wall with the players totally not up for it.

Whatever else happens on Saturday, if the players aren’t giving it everything in the first twenty minutes then we will know that this week’s ‘great training’ counts for nothing.

Steve McClaren says that it took three days to ‘sort it out’ on the training pitch, let’s hope they really have got to the bottom of the problems within the squad.

Steve McClaren talking to Sky Sports:

“A normal week after what was a very disappointing result and performance last Saturday, a bad weekend, but then a great week on the training field. It has been feisty, competitive, intense, energetic, really all the things we were lacking last Saturday.”

‘Many reports of a bust-up between coaching staff and players, can you describe for us just how feisty things got?’

“Great – I love feisty sessions and it was, just what we needed and we got the message across. For three days we sorted it out and one of those weeks that coaches like but you don’t want it after a bad performance, but you need it.”

‘What was the message to the players?’

“We didn’t do the basics last Saturday that we had done for four games and got 7 points, that spirit we had against Bournemouth.

“Attitude, organisation discipline were missing against Leicester – the basics.”