Thierry Henry says that Steve McClaren has often talked about desire and commitment this season but he has seen very little sign of it in the Newcastle team, especially in the away matches.
Something which you couldn’t really argue with before the Tottenham match, leaving aside the flukey win at Bournemouth – in Newcastle’s other six Premier League away games they had only picked up one point, scoring two goals and conceding 18.
However, like the rest of us, Thierry Henry saw more encouraging signs at White Hart Lane, at least as the second half progressed.
The Arsenal great saying that instead of the usual crumbling, there was a ‘great response’ by the players after falling behind to Spurs.
Plus when they actually tried to play football in that second period it actually worked, a fact that Alan Shearer also pointed out last night on Match of The Day 2, the United legend saying how much better Newcastle looked compared to booting it aimlessly up the pitch in the first half.
Thierry Henry meanwhile, was also big in his admiration for Ayoze Perez, a player who is developing rapidly and who surely must be included against Aston Villa next weekend.
Speaking of Villa, Thierry Henry thinks it will be tough for them at St James Park. Let’s hope he is right because ideally Newcastle need a convincing and dominant win and performance against a team like Villa, a display to show that these rearguard actions against the better teams aren’t the limit of Newcastle’s ambitions and/or tactics.
Thierry Henry speaking on Sky Sports:
“McClaren has talked about the commitment and the desire, which is something that we have rarely seen from Newcastle away from home.
“They are usually lethargic, then when they fall behind they crumble, this though was a great response from his team.
“Newcastle played two different types of football and were long and direct in the first half, then changed and actually hurt Tottenham when they got it down and tried to play football.”
“The technique there…don’t take anything away from Ayoze Perez, the ability to go past Vertonghen and have that quick control, then keep the ball low.
“Lloris has to do better, the goalkeepers tend to go down very very early these days and he could have probably saved with his feet (if he’d stood up).
“It will be hard for Aston Villa next weekend.”