Steve McClaren claims it is ‘incredible’ that Newcastle lost to Watford, saying that Watford never created anything all game and that Wijnaldum just made the ‘wrong decision’ with his backpass that Troy Deeney easily finished off after strolling past Rob Elliot.
The Newcastle Head Coach stating that ‘We have just got to keep going as we are going..’
Whilst it is true that Newcastle played ok until the final third, when they got there they struggled to make and take chances. Gomes didn’t have a difficult save to make, although Perez and Thauvin should have done better with decent chances they put wide.
Whilst Steve McClaren has repeated this mantra that Newcastle have played great in the last four matches and could/should have won them all if they had taken their chances, I don’t think any fan who has watched those games can honestly say Newcastle deserved to beat either Everton or West Brom.
Against Arsenal the players created two or maybe three good/very good chances but we’re not exactly peppering the opposition goal and it was more of the same on Saturday.
To hear McClaren say that there is nothing wrong that better luck/finishing won’t solve, is delusional, and if he really believes this then we have even bigger problems than we imagined.
New signings are desperately needed and probably a look at the formation to try and get more people in the box, it is too simplistic to just blame Mitrovic for not scoring when often he is all alone in the 18 yard box when the ball does come in, Though that isn’t to say that he hasn’t been a major disappointment.
Steve McClaren talking to the club’s official tv channel:
“Again, another game, incredible to stand here and think we lost that. I think we’ve had one goal against us, our mistake, it can happen. They have never created anything from a front two who are very direct.
“We defended magnificently, played pur football, controlled the game, especially the first half. The game plan worked a treat and we created chances.
“25 crosses and there goes our problem – four games all 1-0, we’ve not scored, 25 crosses and we’re all frustrated, we’re all not happy. But I can’t ask any more of the boys, they are doing as much out there as they possibly can – without being clinical in the final third and getting punished for one mistake.”
‘It was a bad way to concede…?’
“The pitch was difficult to play football on and I think we played very good football but it was difficult and it was bouncy, it was just the wrong decision (by Wijnaldum) and that can happen.
“But we had enough chances to win that game, when you look at it chances per team. We had enough and as I say, very very disappointed again, very frustrated, anger, but…We have just got to keep going as we are going….
“We are not far away, just need to be clinical in front of goal.”