McClaren: ‘Today we couldn’t play football’

Date published: Saturday 7th November 2015 4:27

Steve Mac

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren said his side “couldn’t play football” in Saturday’s fortunate 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

McClaren, whose men had just one shot on target at Dean Court, was honest in his assessment of Newcastle’s first away success of the season and told BT Sport: “Sometimes football just cannot be explained.

“We’ve played so well recently, great performances, great football, not got the results and not scored goals and today we couldn’t play football. It was like a hot potato.

“One bit of quality, great football to get the goal, a little bit more of that and we would have been comfortable, but we just caused our own problems today.

“Credit to Bournemouth they kept coming and coming. They played with intensity, created great chances and we worked hard for our luck, we’ve not had it in recent weeks, we had it today but we’ll take it.”

McClaren was pleased with goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who proved his fitness as he pulled off a string of fines saves to deny the hosts.

He added: “No (risk) really. We were worried after last week’s game but he had trained the last couple of days.

“He was magnificent and that’s what you need, not all the time can you go away and play the good football you want to play, sometimes you have to dig in and sometimes you have defining moments and they are usually blocks, headers and saves and we had two great saves that kept us in the game and got us the win.”

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