Steve McClaren was left feeling hurt and embarrassed by the performance of his players during yesterday’s 5-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, assuring Newcastle fans that the players were set to come in for extra training on Sunday morning as a result.
The Newcastle boss looked utterly deflated by what was a miserable display from Newcastle yesterday evening. Admitting that he felt hugely hurt by their performance, he assured any angry Tynesiders that he would be hauling the players in for extra training this morning as a consequence of the result.
Having asked for a reaction from the Magpies squad after a poor few weeks, McClaren was given an early lead through Cisse’s close-range header, but saw the lead wiped our completely over a seven minute spell, before watching on helpfully as Palace notched a third goal with the half-time whistle approaching.
It was his players’ reaction to the second and third goals from the hosts which most alarmed McClaren, who made no attempt to sugarcoat what was a miserable overall display from his team throughout his post-match press conference.
Whilst Newcastle fans will be heartened to hear that their boss isn’t taking the pitiful manner of their defeat lightly, they will be far from comfortable when casting an eye towards their upcoming fixtures after what has been a miserable stint for everyone of a black and white persuasion.
It is perhaps a little too tempting to ignore our own role in Newcastle’s misery on the day, such is the eagerness of the sporting press to stick the knife in to anyone associated with the Toon Army of late. Impressive in our work from the first minute until the last, Pardew’s players refused to let their heads drop when conceding the opening goal, battering their way back into the game in the blink of an eye.
For Newcastle fans, the above video will likely provoke a sense of frustration and grudging respect simultaneously, but for us, it’s fantastic to hear an opposition manager feeling so utterly deflated after being stunningly picked apart by our lads from start to finish.