Steve McClaren has came up with a cunning plan for Newcastle United to make it two wins in 10 months on Monday night.
The Head Coach says that ‘Better football’, ‘more chances’ and ‘scoring goals’ will be the key ingredients for his team to start winning matches, home and away.
The scale of the job McClaren has taken on at St James Park is perfectly illustrated by what has gone on over the course of the last 10 months.
With seven straight away defeats before the goalless draw at Old Trafford, the last eight away match record stands at:
Played 8 Won 0 Drawn 1 Lost 8 Goals For 1 Goals Against 18
However, if you go back to when Newcastle last played at Upton Park in November 2014 and include that 1-0 defeat, you have this away record (all competitions):
Played 17 Won 1 Drawn 3 Lost 13 Goals For 8 Goals Against 35
The lack of a goal threat, especially away from home, was shocking for much of last season.
Then when you combined it with the fact that the win at Hull was the only time United kept a clean sheet in 16 away games until Old Trafford, it tells you that you aren’t going to pick up many points on your travels.
The defence has done well against Arsenal and Manchester United but you can’t rely on a clean sheet away from home to save you on many occasions, so Steve McClaren has to find the right formula for that better football, more chances and….goals.
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Steve McClaren asked about the away record before the trip to West Ham:
‘Last away win was in January?’
“We have to do what we do and hope we get the breaks and just continue what we are doing.
“Good spirit, good organisation, the things we have talked about.”
Eventually the win will come…:
“We need to score goals to win games, so we need to play better football, create more chances.
“If we do that, eventually the win will come.”