Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

McClaren's Aware That United Are in Need of a Good Run; Victory over Livepool Lifted Some of the Pressure at St James' Park ... but for How Long?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

McClaren's Aware That United Are in Need of a Good Run; Victory over Livepool Lifted Some of the Pressure at St James' Park ... but for How Long?

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@ncjmedia.co.uk

STEVE McClaren is hoping that last weekend's win over Liverpool was not a false dawn.

Anybody in football n can predict what will happen if United are soundly beaten at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Earlier in the season, McClaren spoke of how the media are quick to focus on any unfolding crisis in the Premier League.

Unfortunately, too many times the latest "crisis" at Newcastle has ended up being high on the agenda.

Victory over Liverpool last weekend moved the Magpies away from that and the intensity has transferred to the South West Wales coast.

Swansea's loss to Leicester proved to be the tipping point at the Liberty Stadium as Garry Monk became the fourth Premier League managerial casualty of the season.

Monk, Brendan Rodgers and Tim Sherwood have now all been sacked, while Dick Advocaat resigned at Sunderland.

McClaren knows that a win at Tot T -tenham would ease the tension on Tyneside sT ignifi-cantly.

The Newcastle boss made it clear he wasn't about to rest on his laurels after beating Liverpool.

He said: "One result never gets you that.

"You need a run, and a run is more than one game.

"We thought we were close to it before the international break. We've had two bad games. We now need to follow up and that's they key thing."

McClaren is eager to see his side come out and put up a much better fight than they did on their last visit to the capital.

That day, at Crystal Palace, they looked like a bunch of players who switched off after taking the lead through Papiss Cisse before being thumped 5-1. McClaren said: "Never mind thinking about the result, we need to put the performance in to stand a chance of getting anything out of it."

Performance has been the key word at the club's training ground this week. McClaren used the result against Liverpool as evidence to his players that they aren't as poor as some pundits have suggested.

But they must now go out and prove it was no fluke.

With the two disappointing defeats against Leicester and Palace still in the back of the minds of Newcastle's hardcore travelling fans, McClaren wants to see more of the same from the Liverpool game against Spurs. …

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