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Steve McClaren ‘I thought that we were tremendous’

5 years ago

I can already sense the blood pressure of so many Newcastle fans going through the roof, with Steve McClaren claiming that his team ‘were tremendous’ against Watford.

I heard a lot of things at the final whistle in the away end but ‘tremendous wasn’t amongst them…

Listening to McClaren you would think Newcastle were world beaters but we only had two shots on target and one of those was the goal, a class header from Lascelles via a standard hopeful corner, a moment of individual brilliance/bravery (blood pouring from his gob) and not some great team move.

According to Steve McClaren, Newcastle ‘controlled the game’, he is truly as deluded as Alan Pardew.

Yes Newcastle had some chances but Watford were by some way the better team by the end, to claim otherwise is simply a lie…

The Newcastle Head Coach says ‘If we keep playing like that, with that attitude, it will turn around’.

No Steve, if we continue like this Newcastle United are definitely relegated.

Steve McClaren:

“I thought that we were tremendous – great effort, attitude – controlled the game.

“Worked, created chances, but winning football matches is about what you do in both boxes.

“Unfortunately, we conceded two and didn’t score enough at the other end.

“We didn’t defend two crosses into our box, you have to win your duels and that gave us a mountain to climb.

“From then on we really had a go, created chances and got the goal, and there was only one team going to score a goal at the end.

“We have been playing like this for quite a while, we really have, you can see the confidence and belief but you have to score more goals.

“The balance isn’t right at the moment but certainly the attitude, the organisation, the workrate – the football that we are playing, is very good and deserved more today.

“It is a different mentality away from home and we have to dig in a little bit better, a little bit deeper.

“We put a shape out there which controlled the game and deserved to get more.

“If we keep playing like that, with that attitude, it will turn around.”


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