Six-goal display makes ‘no sense’ to ‘relieved’ McClaren

Date published: Monday 19th October 2015 2:26

Steve McClaren: Finally able to applaud a Newcastle victory

Steve McClaren has spoken of his relief after Newcastle claimed their first win of the season – but has urged his players not to relax and to build on the victory.

The Magpies collected their first win of the season on Sunday as four goals from Georginio Wijnaldum helped to see off Norwich 6-2 at St James’ Park.

After the game, McClaren insisted the six-star display made little sense given their struggles so far and told his players would be given no time to enjoy the win.

He said: “It is Newcastle! Is it possible to make any sense?

“It was our reward. I’m so pleased for the fans and the players. We didn’t get too down, and we won’t get too high.

“But we showed what we are capable of doing

“We have been calm, vocal and focused in our support for the players. It was great to see Gini (Wijnaldum) get the rewards.

“We rode our luck at times, defended solidly and got the breaks.”

Asked if the result was a relief, McClaren added: “Relief? Yes.

“But then thinking we have to prepare and do it again.

“The feeling is very short. Football is about momentum. You can have it the other way which we have had. Now we want it forward.

“We never got too down after Man City – or too high.

“There’s a long way to go, and lots of work to do, but this showed the potential.

“It showed the supporters what we are capable of doing.

“It wasn’t a game under control from anyone. That will lose and win you games in the long run.

“We have to get more control, but going forward we an be a threat.

“We shake everyone’s hands and we say well done and prepare for a big, big game. We need to keep it going.”

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