Steve McClaren has declared that Newcastle United ‘keep getting results that buoy us’ but that the team aren’t ‘kicking in from that’.
When the Head Coach says ‘keep getting’, it makes it very much sound like he is saying it as though we get these buoyant results pretty often.
To put it into perspective, Newcastle’s three (and Bournemouth was a shocking performance) Premier League wins so far, work out at once very six weeks since the season started…
Definitely more of a sinking feeling rather than one of buoyancy.
Steve McClaren says he doesn’t think Newcastle are ‘out of the woods yet’, which is a bit of a relief as United continue to be in the relegation zone with Christmas only two weeks away.
However, when asked at his pre-Tottenham press conference whether he would take fourth bottom and safety now, Steve McClaren said that he wouldn’t because he believes his team are capable of a lot more than that.
Let’s hope he’s right.
“We keep getting results that buoy us but we’re not kicking on from that.
“We’re not out of the woods yet. It’s going to be very competitive down there.”
“In the Premier League you can think ‘we’re okay’ and Swansea are an example of that, starting well and being up there, then you lose a couple and you’re in a struggle.
“That carries on through the season and then there is massive pressure to get that result and you can get sucked in.
“There will be a lot of teams in that position this season and we have to make sure that we continue good runs and make sure bad runs don’t become three, four, five, six games.”
“How we performed in the previous two games (yet again ignoring the fact that Newcastle were abysmal against Bournemouth as well) was more worrying than my position, I can’t control that and do anything about that.”
Take fourth bottom now?:
“No, I think that this team is capable of so much more and that is the frustrating thing.
“It is not our mindset and we’re not thinking of that. It’s like starting a game, you haven’t started well and are a goal down approaching half-time but two halves are never the same in football.. momentum can change quickly. We have to make sure we improve from now on in our consistency.”