Steve McClaren has yet again seemingly been watching a different game to the rest of us.
After the 3-0 defeat at Everton, the Newcastle boss reckoned that the scoreline was harsh on his team.
Steve McClaren claiming that his side were pushing to get back into the game and were still in it with two minutes to go – which is true because the scoreline was still only 1-0 when it turned 88 minutes on the clock but…
Only a madman would claim that Newcastle deserved anything out of this with the Everton keeper hardly getting his gloves dirty, whilst at the other end only Rob Elliot and the woodwork on several other occasions kept the score from being five or six.
The only thing I would agree with Steve McClaren about is when he says the home crowd and fans were nervous first half – no wonder when the only game they have won in the last 10 was at St James Park.
However, this only then begs the question, why did the United Head Coach set up in his usual ultra negative formation and drop the only fit centre forward we had available?
Once again Steve McClaren also claims that Newcastle have looked a really good team since getting beat off Leicester and Crystal Palace in November. A totally embarrassing claim when you consider Newcastle have won only one of their last nine matches and lost six of them.
“You could see that the (Everton) crowd were a little nervous, their players were nervous, and we didn’t take advantage.
“I though if we could just get to half-time, zero zero, I thought we would be ok. We conceded and we lost Chancel (Mbemba) and Dummett, we had to reshuffle second half and we had a go.
“We had one or two little opportunities and the two penalties have made the result harsher than it should have been.
“We were pushing and we were going for it – we end up losing 3-0 when the last two minutes we were in the game.
“We have got new signings and they have to gel, get used to the team and it is just good that they got a game under their belts. Now at home, 52,000 people, we need a great atmosphere and reaction.
“Three or four months ago we had a couple of bad games – Leicester and Crystal Palace – the reaction has been fantastic and since then we have really looked a good team.”
Everton 3 Newcastle 0
Goals: Lennon 23, Barkley 88, 90+4
Possession was 44% Newcastle 56% Newcastle
Total shots was 7 for Newcastle and Everton 18
Shots on target was Newcastle 3 and Everton 7
Corners was Newcastle 3 and Everton 3
Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba (Lascelles 44), Dummett (Aarons 46), Saivet (Mitrovic 55), Shelvey, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend, Perez
Unused Subs: Darlow, Gouffran, Taylor, Doumbia
Ref: Craig Pawson
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