Sam Allardyce talked to Sky Sports news this morning and said he was glad to get the first game as Newcastle manager behind him.
He seemed quite pleased at the performance but not with the sloppy goal Newcastle gave away.
Allardyce also believes the first 10 games of next season will be crucial as to how the season turns out for the club – we couldn’t agree more.
Let’s see what Sam had to say today.
Sam Allardyce told Sky Sports News this morning:
“We certainly found the finishing touch in the second half that had been lacking in the first, and I thought the whole workout was excellent.”
“I’m glad to have this game under the belt and now we’re off and going to Carlisle on Saturday.”
Midfielder Joey Barton and defender David Rozehnal both made their Newcastle debuts and Allardyce was hugely impressed with the pair as we have already reported today â€“ in fact Barton was here, there and everywhere and Rozehnal looked very composed on the ball.
“Joey can be anything he wants to be as a footballer. He can be the very best and I think he has the talent and the desire and drive to do that.“
“David is a very intelligent man and a really dedicated professional. If he learns as quickly as he needs to he’ll be OK.
“But I was pleased with everyone.”
“The disappointing thing was how we conceded the goal but our response was great.”
“We have to hit the first game at 100 per cent so we have to get these lads firing on all cylinders by 11th August.”
“How we do in the first ten games will be crucial to what our season is going to look like.”
We agree fully with Sam on that one â€“ that the first 10 games will be crucial â€“ if we do well then our confidence will be sky high. So it’s important that Sam gets the transfer deals done and dusted.
As we see how our former squad of players performs in the first few games of the season – that will also give us a good idea of how we can do in the league. The four new players Sam has brought in are very strong and experienced. Getting another four as good â€“ or better â€“ will go a long way to Newcastle maybe becoming a surprise in Sam’s first season at Newcastle. We’ll know how it looks around the end of October â€“ when we have completed our 10th league game away to Reading – which could be out hardest game of the first 10.
Here are our first 10 league games.
Sat 11 Â Â Â 15:00 Â Â Â A Â Â Â Bolton
Sat 18 Â Â Â 17:15 Â Â Â H Â Â Â Aston Villa
Sun 26 Â Â 13:30 Â Â Â A Â Â Â Middlesbrough
Sat 1 Â Â Â Â Â Â 15:00 Â Â Â H Â Â Wigan Athletic
Mon 17 Â Â Â 20:00 Â Â Â A Â Â Â Derby County
Sun 23 Â Â Â Â 13:30 Â Â Â Â H Â Â West Ham
Sat 29 Â Â Â Â Â 12:45 Â Â Â Â A Â Â Â Man City
Sun 7 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 15:00 Â Â Â H Â Â Â Everton
Mon 22 Â Â Â 20:00 Â Â Â H Â Â Â Tottenham
Sat 27 Â Â Â Â Â Â 15:00 Â Â Â A Â Â Â Reading
Not really a lot of tough games there and none of the top four. Five games away and five games at home. We couldn’t really ask for much more of an easy start – so we’ll just have to see how well we do at the end of that initial stretch of games.
It’s going to be very important that we perform well at home and make St. James’ into the proverbial fortress again.