Waiting for 18 days after defeat at Chelsea, Newcastle went to Stoke for yet another pointless journey, only for Steve McClaren to declare ‘we have definitely made progress’.


McClaren appears to think that because the players didn’t gift the Potters three goals in the opening 15 minutes this was a step forward but in reality, he is massively kidding us…and possibly himself.

Alan Pardew would also say any ridiculous thing after a defeat but with him I think we all knew he didn’t really believe it, he was just covering for both himself and Mike Ashley.

The sad thing with Steve McClaren is that he might actually believe the rubbish he comes out with.

It took 90 minutes for Newcastle to produce a shot of any note, ironic then that Doumbia produced a real top class reflex save from Butland to prevent United leaving with a completely undeserved point.

The usual embarrassing negative tactics at an away game and the usual very negative result, only the conditions helped keep the score down by hampering a football side like Stoke (how painful is that to write!).

It is now seven away defeats in a row, making it 12 away losses in 15 this season and 18 in the last 21 if we go back to the closing stages of last season.

Serious problems and a seriously bad manager, head coach….whatever you want to call him.

Steve McClaren:

“If you see the performance at Chelsea and compare it to this evening, then we have definitely made progress.

“I thought there were good individual displays but overall a good team performance.

“You could see the determination to work for each other and a spirit there, not just from the 11 that started, but from the subs as well.

“This game is cruel and it has been cruel to us again but we will dust ourselves down and go again on Saturday.

“There are a certain amount of wins we need – we don’t quite know the target yet but we have got the talent to do that.

“If we show that attitude we had tonight, we will get them.”