Sam Allardyce Delighted with Newcastle Performance

Not surprisingly Sam Allardyce was delighted with Newcastle’s professional performance against Italian powerhouse Juventus.

Newcastle ran out easy winners 2-0 and with about 20 minutes to go had seven of their Academy youngsters on the field yet were able to hold Juventus with apparent ease.

Not only was it a great experience for the youngsters but they played like old pros.


Sam Allardyce – delighted with performance of youngsters

This is what a happy Sam Allardyce had to say after the game:

“The game was an excellent performance from our players,” “We were limited in our numbers but had a little bit of experience in our side and I thought we were absolutely terrific.”

“After the penalty settled us down I thought we played some better football than we did against Celtic.”

“Juventus weren’t at full pelt but it’s still Juventus and we beat them comfortably. Andy Carroll picked up the bits after the keeper’s save and fired into the bottom corner and Shay’s made a couple of saves at the right time.”

“But the most important thing is that Newcastle won a game without conceding a goal. It was important that we just tried to play the game out without conceding.”

“But a lot of good young players got a lot of experience. The young players got a lot of experience”

“The most disappointing thing out of the day is that Albert (Luque) felt a tightening of the groin, but hopefully that won’t be too bad.”

That appears to be good news about Luque – certainly when he went off he didn’t seem to be in any distress – and it looks like he just felt his groin tightening. A wise decision to go off by Albert. He also got a warm round of applause from the Newcastle fans as Albert is starting to look like the talented player he no doubt is. One thing that was noticeable is that his confidence seems to be returning.

Big Sam gave players who had 90 minutes against Celtic only 45 minutes today – and in the second half seven Academy products plus teenage trialist Charlie Barnett, from Liverpool, were on the field at the end of the game.

They held Juventus quite comfortably and should be commended for both their effort and their play in the second half.

20 comments so far

  • Dave

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Brilliant, I wish I’d seen it.

  • carl

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #2

    i watched the match and was really impressed how everyone played ,especially the youngsters.but it did show how thin the squad is and we desperetly need more signings.

  • Edd Case

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Good win, still need at least 5 new players though. 🙂

  • Gary

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Its good to see some shape in our play now. When we lose the ball the players know to get behind it and to hold there lines. We got caught out a couple of times but usually had someone there to retrieve the situation. If not then Given is a pretty good insurance policy. Nice to see that we seem to know how to defend as a team without reverting to defensive tactics.

  • Mac

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #5

    I think we should all accept we’re not getting any new quality players. We might get the numbers in but even BS said they’ll just be there to fill the gaps. Well done though on the win 2 out of 2 not bad,imagine how good we might have been with a few decent defenders

  • Rob Kirton

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Just returned form the match.

    Although a pre season friendly and not played at absolutely full pelt, it was a very promising show. The new Guys Geremi & Rosenhal looked very good, and nobody had a poor game. Carr did look out of sorts trying to mark their no 32, who was left in acres of space for long periods. Luckily the Juve guy he got sick of waiting for the ball to be delivered, he decided to have a go down the right instead.

    The good news was that the team were clearly playing to a game plan and everyb ody seemed to know what they should have been doing (how often could you say that last season?)

    I didn’t like to see Andy Caroll playing alone up front in the 2nd half, however given lack of options it didn’t look to bad as Dyer seemed to be interested and provided support when he could.

    Without the benefit of of replays or anything like that, I thought Buffon should have had an early bath after an out of box challenge on Caroll.

    The good news is that we’re playing as a team,if the likes of Owen, Ameobi, Viduka, Barton, Emre, Taylor, Butt and Duff show the same amount of application on their return we could be off to a flier. We definately still need to do something abou the full back positions. Can’t fult the team one bit tonight.

  • t-g-w

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Let’s just hope talks are no underway between the 2 clubs over the transfer of Chiellini… what did people think of him when he came on?

  • Kash

    Jul 29, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #8

    You’d think that BSA hopefully had a word with Chiellini and persuaded him that Newcastle is the place to be. However, thats only if the board put some money up. We haven’t spent yet, hopefully it’s coming soon. Let’s see what happens!

  • Obafan

    Jul 29, 2007 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Good to hear postive comments about our performance. But my big concern is the depth of the squad. We definitely need more players in and with quality.

    But who???

  • Keep Oba

    Jul 29, 2007 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Well I imagine we will be getting in at least one or two players…quality not sure of, but the one important thing is that we are not in any Europe competition…now thats not fun and I hope its our last season out of Europe for a long long time, but that does take a 6-12 or so games off the schedule and like Shay said in his comments earlier in the week, playing Thursday night in some small European town and having to jet back to play a Saturday lunchtime game would be a drain…especially with our injuries last year. This year we will need a couple players less than last year (unless a massive amount of serious injuries). Also Duff will be back in November or so. I do think one or two defenders are important to get, especially if they are quality. But I can see where Nobby or Butt would be playing some half back. With Nobby or Butt able to cover the right half, I think our weakest position right now would be Left back and extra Center half. If we just get a Left back and an experienced (not necessarily superstar) Center back, I will be somewhat content going into the season.

  • Keep Oba

    Jul 29, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Oh and loved our last two results. 6-1 over Celtic and Juve even in friendlies at home are very pleasing.

  • Steely

    Jul 29, 2007 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #12

    I thought that was a very professional performance by the team! Rozehnal and Geremi looked good again, and Milner and Oba were running their socks off as much as they did against Celtic. Another goal for Luque who I think I even say running after balls! WoW! lol.
    I think Sam has told the players “close the ball down whenever you can” as against Celtic and Juve we have been chasing the ball more than in 99% of the games we played last year.
    The young lads looked good as well – Andy Carroll shining along with Troisi particlarly pleased me.
    I have to say though, that the best player on the field was Dyer when he came on! His runs and balls through their defence were top class….I know he hasnt been the best player over the last 8 years, but now that this mystery life-long illness seems to have been calmed he looks in great shape! I only hope something goes wrong with the transfer as I think we really need him! ( as a side-thought…how come he played today, when he left out against Celtic in case an injury put off his chance of leaving??!)
    Best part of all was the clean sheet though…great saves there from Given!
    Next up Hull….perhaps some new signings might be playing for us then?????

  • Gangstalord

    Jul 29, 2007 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #13

    what does every one fink bout chiellini, sam after him maybe??

  • phil p

    Jul 29, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Plusses today- N’Zogbia was fantastic, man of the match for me, and the maturity of the some youngsters was good, in particular Carroll looked quality, much better than Luque who I’m sorry but just looked rubbish. No communication between him and Martins.

    Big negative was Dyer- he played a cracking second half and it’ll be a real shame if he does go, him and N’Zogbia bossed the midfield together. Great performance all round though, bring on the season!

    Oh and I agree with TGW, chiellini did nowt to warrant a 7mil price tag…

  • dan

    Jul 29, 2007 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Good to hear we did well.

    Lets get behind Albert Luque as much as possible… we could do with some good shows from him this season.

    I’m a little sad that dyer is going to leave – i thought this would be the season for him now that he is over his injuries. In the friendlies so far it seems as though he’s playing great.

  • apan

    Jul 29, 2007 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #16

    yup a good performance esp from our youngsters to hold on againts the old ladys, i was pleased….now get a new LB!

  • Alan

    Jul 30, 2007 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Played well yesterday, enjoyed watching the game. Did anyone else notice the body language between Big Sam and Chris Mort? Didn’t seem to be much interaction between them. Sam spent most of the game speaking to the chap sat on the other side. Clear to me that Sam does not feel he is getting the backing he needs and was promised. After the papers claiming yesterday of the 10m kitty i wonder if things just may change this week??

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 30, 2007 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Alan – yes I did. He was always turned away from him and wanting to talk to the guys on his left. It didn’t look good. Was going to mention it in my report and decided not to – but it was plain to see. Although they were smiling together also.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 30, 2007 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Phil – agree completely – N’Zogbia was outstanding – and he looked so fit in the second half when he was blazing out of defense. Sam is magic for these players – as long as they listen to him. Now Charles has shown he can play left wing, central midfield and left back – just hope Sam plays him a lot – he can be a great great player for us – and very popular – and a very quiet lad. But Sam must have had great belief in him playing him central midfield againnst Juventus. Hope Wenger saw the game – because he’s not getting him. 😀

  • Phil

    Jul 30, 2007 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Always good to have another opinion. So, I think Zog looks very uncomfortable and not at all happy at LB. That may just be because he’s not used to it. He could grow into it maybe. For some reason Zog seems to be the main beneficiary of ‘our’ collective can do no wrong policy for some players. As opposed to the ‘can do no right’ players. If I believed all I read on here Zog should be in goal as well cause he’s better than Shay.
    I said on here 10 days ago when everyone was banging on about how that ‘use your own expletives’ monster Roeder didn’t pick him on the left wing that he came to us as an inside midfielder. He played there yesterday and looked much better there than when on the wing. Was he ‘outstanding’? No. Did he have a good game? Yes! Is he still the promising youngster that he was last season? Yes! Will he now walk into the first team when everyone is fit? No! He is still behind Barton, Butt, Emre, Duff, Milner, Solano but he’s getting there and learning fast. Come on Zog!


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