I never really liked Steve McClaren (as a football manager) before and I like him even less now (as a football manager and for his bonus rubbish patter) that he is at Newcastle United.
According to him, Newcastle just aren’t getting any luck and rather bizarrely, against all know evidence, McClaren claims that his team are now performing with ‘consistency’.
Well yes things are now pretty consistent but not in the way the Head Coach is suggesting, the word I would use is ‘predictable’.
The same team is named (with very few exceptions), the players line up in the same formation, then we watch the opposition batter Newcastle for at least an hour as Steve McClaren has his midfield acting as simply additional defenders.
Then the only possible attacking plan you can see is that the United boss hopes that the other team have exhausted themselves with so much attacking play, that Moussa Sissoko will be able to run past opposing players in the final 20 minutes and hopefully create a chance.
Yes, welcome to this glorious new world of ‘consistency’, well worth our season ticket money,
Steve McClaren says that Newcastle lost against West Brom because ‘we have been unlucky’ and he says the same about the Everton game.
The Everton defeat is apparently unlucky because they scored in the last few seconds, no Steve, that is cruel and not bad luck, when you lost late on because you have had hope of surviving dashed away.
Against West Brom, the unlucky part seems to be based on West Brom scoring later on and the fact that Newcastle were denied what looked a clear penalty when Mitrovic was held back in the box.
This is what all poor (and some of the better ones) managers do when they get beat, point to one instance and think people are stupid enough to not take into consideration what happened in the other 94 minutes.
Just look at the BBC Sport stats below, West Brom had 22 shots and 18 corners, it was Newcastle who carried the luck throughout the game, not the other way around.
The same against Everton, they had dominated the game before Newcastle edged into it and Mitrovic had a couple of decent chances, but the scousers should have had the game won long before those final dramatic seconds.
Yesterday Newcastle had two shots on target and against Everton it was only the Wijnaldum header, three shots on target in over three hours of football – that isn’t bad luck, it is bad management and players who are not good enough….though in a way you could say it is getting some ‘consistency’.
Steve McClaren after this latest defeat at the Hawthorns:
“I think the half-term report would say that we didn’t start the season very well…we were very inconsistent, but I think that we have ended the first half of the season with a bit of consistency. We are going to places now with a consistency of performance, whereas before we were inconsistent.
“We have been unlucky with the last two results, a last-minute goal against Everton and then losing this one (West Brom) like we did.
“I am more disappointed for the players because they are fighting and showing that attitude and endeavour…they are playing football and we have to keep doing that – get back to picking up points like we were in the previous three games when we were unbeaten.
“I would say we are getting consistency and we just need to keep that going.”
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Possession was 48% Newcastle and 52% West Brom
Total shots was 7 for Newcastle and West Brom 22
Shots on target was Newcastle 2 and West Brom 5
While corners was Newcastle 6 and West Brom 18
Team: Darlow, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Colback (Thauvin 86), Anita (Tiote 27), Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez (de Jong 72), Mitrovic
Unused Subs: Elliot, Mbabu, Gouffran, Lascelles
Ref: Mike Jones
Crowd: 26,313 (2,700 Newcastle)
(Writer Joe Dixon thinks Steve McClaren must go now, read why HERE)
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