Steve McClaren explains need for consistency from Newcastle

Steve McClaren

McClaren has said his side's performances are getting a little better.

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has said he wants to see more consistency from his side after they managed to climb out of the relegation zone prior to the international break with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

It was only the Magpies second win of the season as they withstood a lot of pressure from the Cherries on their long trip to the South coast, but managed to come away with an all-important result.

There have been flashes of good performances from his side this season, which has seen them gain a creditable point from Old Trafford - while they'll feel they should've beaten Chelsea but let a two-goal lead slip, but put on an impressive attacking display during a hammering of Norwich City.

McClaren is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: "This is not going to change anything – we still have to be more consistent, because another day we could very easily have been beaten playing like that.”

The next four games will be a true test for Newcastle when they come up against a Leicester City side that has made an incredible start to the season, a Crystal Palace side that has won at both Stamford Bridge and Anfield this season before they face Liverpool and Tottenham. If they are a little off colour in any of those games then the chances are they will be punished.  

The positive coming out of the Bournemouth game prior to the international break was they managed to get the result they needed even if the performance wasn't up to the standard that McClaren necessarily required.

If they manage to get some positive results, and performances to match, in their coming games then it will be give them some momentum going into the Christmas period where there are plenty of points on offer - and could prove crucial come May.

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