Steve McClaren has described himself as ‘bewildered’ after the final whistle at the Emirates and for once he might have a point…
After having only 16 shots on target over the course of their last eight games, Newcastle actually went to the league leaders and had the better of the match.
United had six shots on target to Arsenal’s three and Rob Elliot didn’t really have a serious save to make until he had to pick Koscielny’s close-range effort out of the back of the net.
Whereas, Newcastle saw Mitrovic, Colback, Perez and Wijnaldum all have decent sightings at goal, with the former PSV midfielder wasting the best chance when one on one with Cech early in the second half.
A bit like the boy crying wolf, no doubt many fans will doubt Steve McClaren’s verdict on today’s match, after his bizarre previous claims such as Newcastle dominating West Brom even though they had 22 shots and 18 corners.
Sadly, whatever Newcastle did or didn’t deserve, the reality is that McClaren and his team are in an even worse position tonight after Bournemouth, Norwich and Sunderland all picked up points.
“The players cannot believe it, we controlled and dominated the game after the first 10 minutes.
“We asked for a performance and the players gave it but we conceded one soft goal and then lost the game.
“You can’t fault the performance and we just have to be more ruthless at both ends.
“We caused them so many problems and controlled them at the back, we are bewildered as to how we have not got anything.
“In the last three games we have lost 1-0 against Everton in the last minute, then 1-0 to West Brom in the last 10 minutes and this one.
“The spirit is tremendous and I can’t fault them, I am just really disappointed.”
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