Steve McClaren has declared on the eve of the game against Bournemouth, that he won’t allow ‘anything to destabilise’ what he and his team are ‘trying to achieve’ in the next 11 matches.

Even though Swansea’s win at Arsenal appears to have cut the bottom four adrift, Steve McClaren prefers (just for a change…) to concentrate solely on the positives.

Despite Newcastle having only won two of their last 12 matches, Steve McClaren has instead gone with the stat of just one defeat in the last six games at home.

Something which the Head Coach claims has ‘given the St James Park crowd something to cheer about’.

McClaren accepts it is a difficult match against Bournemouth (although he always says that whoever Newcastle are playing!) and with good reason, considering Saturday’s visitors have only lost one of their 10 away matches in all competitions.

Maybe a better overall indicator as to what Newcastle fans have had ‘to cheer about’, is to look at all the games United have played since their ultra lucky win at Bournemouth on 7 November 2015.

Since that game, in four months Newcastle have played 16 matches and won 4 drawn 2 and lost 10.

Needless to say, a second win, lucky or not, against Bournemouth is essential tomorrow if any of us are going to have something to ‘cheer about’.

Steve McClaren at his Friday press conference:

“We don’t want anything to destabilise what we are trying to achieve between now and the end of the season.

“My concentration and focus is purely on Bournemouth and winning that game tomorrow.”

“We’ve lost one in our last six at home, we have given the St James Park crowd something to cheer about and we need to do that again.

“I admire what Eddie Howe has done there. They always had a great chance of staying up. This is a very difficult game for us.”