I can’t disagree with Steve McClaren when he says the conditions were ‘horrendous’ but I think you can say the same about Newcastle’s performance, considering just how useless the opposition were.

In the first half, not only did the Villa players make clear they are one of the very worst Premier League terms that we have seen for years, in terms of ability.

They also had the look of a wounded animal that was desperate to be put out of its misery.

Newcastle never looked capable of doing that and apart from Coloccini’s goal, Guzan never really had a decent save to make in that first half.

United’s inablity to take advantage of the one goal lead and Aston Villa’s limitations, then led to the visitors thinking they might as well have a go and in the second half they were by far the better team, which is a major embarrassment surely for McClaren and his players.

I remain unconvinced by Steve McClaren, both with his ‘tactics’ and with his patter before and after matches.

The Head Coach says yesterday was a game for width but we don’t play with any wingers…it was only the last 20 minutes when Thauvin came on and changed that, actually looking quite decent compared to his teammates.

McClaren also referred back to having said that Villa were ‘dangerous’ opponents before the game, well just like Pardew before him he says that about every team we are about to play, building them up – even when they are clearly as hopeless as Aston Villa are.

The Newcastle boss says that ‘we have made ‘huge steps forward’ despite failing to beat the worst team in the league at home, the reality though is that if Swansea beat West Ham (haven’t won a game for 2 months) on Sunday afternoon, then Newcastle will be in the relegation zone on Christmas Day.

Steve McClaren:

“The conditions were horrendous. Get the ball wide and get the ball in the box…it was a game for width.

“Anybody can beat anybody in the league. I said before the match this was a dangerous game.

“Regarding us, a settled side has helped the momentum.

“We might not win every game but we’ve made huge steps forward.”

(To read Newcastle fan/writer reaction to the Villa match go HERE)

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