With now only ten days to go until Newcastle face Southampton in the Premier League, Steve McClaren declared himself pleased with his team’s performance against York but disappointed to lose to the League Two outfit.
The Newcastle boss saying that his big concern is that once United concede then they are falling to pieces in terms of organisation and discipline, putting themselves at risk of a killer second goal.
That was the case last night at Bootham Crescent as United conceded in the 16th minute, then only four minutes later York scored their second, which proved to be the eventual winner.
Steve McClaren says he is happy with what is happening in the middle of the pitch but last night showed up the current deficiencies when the ball goes in either box, which as the Head Coach points out, is where games are won and lost.
Steve McClaren talking to the club’s official tv channel:
“The (York) keeper played very well, we’re disappointed to have only scored one goal. Games are won in each box and I thought our work in between was terrific.
“We got in the final third – the final ball, the final finish, was not there and when it was, the goalkeeper made some great saves. At the other end we made bad mistakes for the two goals, so we are disappointed with the result but pleased with the performance.”
“After a good start it (conceding two goals in four minutes) was unbelievable but we have had a few games like that, we kind of lose our way, we lose our discipline.
“Second half we got our discipline back…and that seems to be the pattern in most of the games we have had. Started great and go a goal down and then have to force it to get back, then concede another. We’ll just have to settle down and concentrate on what we do best.”
“We need to keep organisation and discipline when going a goal down. Just keep the patience, keep playing and the goals will come.
“We did that in the second half and the amount of chances we had…results are not important, it is performance, and in terms of that I was disappointed with both boxes. We defended poorly and never finished – an end product, which we need.”