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Steve McClaren ‘It takes men…and we are aware of where we are’

6 years ago

Steve McClaren watched Newcastle totally outplayed and outfought in every area of the pitch against Leicester, then emerged afterwards to admit that this is the punishment they were so lucky to escape at Bournemouth.

Once again the opposition outclassed Newcastle and created countless chances but this time Leicester had the extra quality to finish the job.

Whereas Bournemouth got 95% of it right two weeks ago, Leicester had the likes of Vardy and Mahrez to create clearer chances and provide better finishing.

Kasper Schmeichel didn’t have a single save to make in the whole game, whereas at Bournemouth Ayoze Perez scored the only chance Newcastle created.

You would have to be pretty thick not to realise that Newcastle could be so lucky twice in a row if they were as useless as they were at Bournemouth.

Steve McClaren sympathised with the fans and said he understands their frustrations, the United boss in the humiliating position where he had to admit the players hadn’t given it 100% against Leicester.

McClaren says that creating a winning formula needs a lot of ingredients, including ‘it takes men’ according to the Head Coach.

Hard to see at the minute where Newcastle have got any of the right ingredients, both on and off the pitch…

Steve McClaren talking to Mick Lowes of BBC Radio Newcastle:

Mick Lowes: ‘Is it a worry that the win against Bournemouth masked the performance?’

“Absolutely. Absolutely right and got punished (v Leicester).

“We didn’t get punished against Bournemouth but we got punished today. You think that is a one-off (display v Bournemouth) and buoyed and get a bit of a belief from the win.

“I understand the fans’ frustrations and annoyance, we know it is not right and we have asked for patience…that performance is not acceptable.

“The thing about this crowd is..forget the entertainment, forget the winning of games, if they see application and effort…they didn’t really see that today.

“Every game you look at your opponent and roll your sleeves up. That is what we must do, week in week out. We stressed a lot of things already and we will stress a lot of things Monday to Friday, to make sure ready for next Saturday.

“It is character, it takes men, it takes a lot of ingredients and we are aware of where we are.

“We know there is talent and ability in that dressing room and certain characteristics have to come out, to make sure you get out, stay out and get to number one. Leicester have shown, there is the example to them in there.

“That is what can happen here and I can’t wait for Monday morning and getting back to work.”

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