Jamie Carragher does not agree with Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren

Newcastle United’s performance against Chelsea at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday was encouraging.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher said on the Monday Night Football show on Sky Sports 1 on Monday evening that Newcastle United cannot always play the way they did against Chelsea at the weekend.

Newcastle played out a 2-2 draw with the Blues at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

The Magpies were 2-0 up at one stage, but they conceded twice late on to settle for a share of the spoils.

The performance of Steve McClaren’s side against the defending Premier League champions was much better than in previous games.

Following the match, Newcastle head coach McClaren told The Daily Mail: “We asked them (the players) to show what they could do and to respond, and they did that to a man. That is the benchmark now.”

When asked on the Monday Night Football show on Sky Sports 1 on Monday evening (September 28) if he agrees with McClaren, former Liverpool defender Carragher said: “No. Because after a game like that, people will ask: why don’t we play like this every week?

“You are dreaming if you think you can play like that every week. You are playing Chelsea, so even your supporters accept things in big games like that they wouldn’t accept in games against 80% of the league.

“They accept Chelsea having the ball and putting their body on the line and having a few counter-attacks. They won’t accept that against Watford a couple of weeks before.”

Positive mood

Newcastle are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season, but there is a positive mood in the camp following the draw with Chelsea.

The performance of the players was better than in previous matches, and the fans will now want the team to build on that.

The Magpies will not have it easy in their next game, though, as they are up against Manchester City away from home on Saturday.

The Citizens have lost their last two Premier League fixtures, and Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be determined to pick up all three points against Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium.

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