Steve McClaren: Newcastle ‘close’ to crisis after League Cup exit

While there was disappointment on Tyneside on the final whistle, there was also renewed belief and a sense that head coach Steve McClaren’s pleas for patience might just have some merit.


Chelsea can send out a signal of intent if they are to find a big win this weekend, but they cannot afford to be complacent as it is a fixture which throws out unlikely results. “He is very keen to play but needs to curb his enthusiasm”. To turn things around our players need to be fearless – courageous on the ball, demand the ball, and attack with courage and conviction, without fear.

But Newcastle have had a disastrous start to the new season and sit second bottom in the Premier League without a win, while Sheffield Wednesday knocked the Magpies out of the League Cup in midweek. We created some problems during the match for the defensive part of the Newcastle team.

“But when we get it right, everything will be better”.

“I thought he’d come in for a fresh start, especially with talented new players coming in over the summer, but I’m afraid it’s just been a auto crash”. They scored two goals.

“We dominated the first half because we were not scared to play football or put pressure on Chelsea“. For example Obertan, Marveaux, Gouffran, Williamson etc etc. Most of whom are responsible for the clubs failings over the last few seasons and lack interest, desire and the quality needed to play for our club.

Mitrovic returned to the Newcastle starting line-up after a three-game ban for stamping on Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin, and the 21-year-old produced a fine centre-forward’s performance to help the hosts into a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum.

The thing that impressed me was the togetherness shown by the players on the field, and the passion shown by Aleksandar Mitrovic even as he was being substituted off it. Should they bring that level of fight and willingess to do the hard yards to Manchester City, they will have chance of winning.

“It depends on the opposition team and the objective but normally I am not happy with a point”.

The contributions of Ramires and Willian ensured Chelsea avoided a fourth successive league defeat at Newcastle, but they have little time to reflect upon their escape with a tough champions League trip to their manager’s former club Porto on Tuesday.


“I’ve been in football too long to be embarrassed”, McClaren said, instead describing himself as “angry, disappointed”.