The time for worrying is over, as Steve McClaren has now worked out where Newcastle are going wrong in away matches.
The United Head Coach says that Newcastle have to start keeping ‘clean sheets and score goals’.
Well, we are only just over two thirds of the way into this season so at last the penny has dropped.
So what will the brilliant Steve McClaren plan be?
Will we see something different than the inspirational usual strategy of everybody behind the ball, pray you don’t concede, then somehow manufacture a goal from the handful of serious attacks you end up having?
The reality is that Newcastle have scored less (seven) goals away from home than all of the other 91 clubs in the English leagues.
To make it even worse, only Sunderland have conceded more goals than Newcastle’s total of 31 in only 13 games, an average of two and a half goals being leaked per away match.
Steve McClaren has also gone down the route of trying to once again suggest that Newcastle are a bit of an up and down team, rather than the up, down, down, down, side that we have watched this season, winning only six league games in seven months.
The Newcastle coach claiming that the 1-0 win over West Brom was the polar opposite of the 5-1 drubbing at Chelsea.
Yes Newcastle were decent against the Baggies but didn’t blow the opposition away like Hiddink’s team did to Newcastle.
“It is the most frustrating team I have worked with. We were fantastic against West Brom and then lost 5-1 (v Chelsea). It is one extreme to the other.
“We hae talked a lot about character, fight and attitude and realising the situation we are in before it’s too late.
“It’s about the here and now and winning matches. We have to keep clean sheets and score goals – that hasn’t been the case for us
“This is huge to make sure we stay in this league. Stoke will be very difficult. They have very good players and a very good team.”