Sam Allardyce was pleased with many aspects of Newcastle’s game yesterday againstÂ Italian Serie A side UC Sampdoria which Newcastle won 1-0.
Man of the Match Alan Smith scored with a powerful header from a Geremi corner on his debut for the club.
Sampdoria boss Walter Mazzarri was also happy with his team’s performance despite the 1-0 defeat to what he described as a “very strong” Newcastle United side.
Sam Allardyce – pleased with Newcastle display
Sam spoke to the official Newcastle United web-site about the game last night starting with the injury situation with Shay Given. Unfortunately it’s his groin again that plagued ShayÂ for most of last seasonÂ Â 🙁
“He felt his groin with one of his kicks in the first half. He will have a scan on Monday and we’ll know more about it tomorrow.Â Steve Harper stepped in no problem and overall it was a very good performance.”
“It was an excellent work out. I think Sampdoria were probably the best team, we have played. The movement of their players was quite good and caused us quite a few problems. But we coped with that very well and stayed with it.”
“Another clean sheet is very important and I’m stressing that with the players. It’s nice to see Mark Viduka back with is and Alan Smith and some of the injured lads getting a game.”
“I think except for one top class save from Shay in the first half and one from Steve that didn’t look a problem for him we coped very well. We scored off a set piece too which was very pleasing and if we can carry on this form next week we will be very happy.”
Sampdoria boss Mazzarri talked after the game also:
“Newcastle is a very, very strong side. But I’m very happy with the way my team played against them today.â€
“Not all of my players are fit, and I had new players, so I am quite happy with what they did against a strong side like Newcastle.”
We want to make St. James’ Park into a fortress again and we have made a good start with our three pre-season home games against Celtic, Juventus and Sampdoria. Three wins, two clean sheets, only one goal conceded and seven scored.Â Not too bad but we must now go for the full three points at Bolton in our first league game next Saturday â€“ that’s what’s really important now.
Here’s yesterday’s team with the subsitutions made for those of you who have still not seen it.
Newcastle United: Given (Harper, 38), Carr, Nâ€™Zogbia, Taylor, Rozehnal, Solano (Martins, 46), Geremi, Butt, Milner (Ramage, 69) Viduka (Ameobi, 46), Smith.
Subs not used: Luque, Edgar, Huntington, Forster, Pattison, Troisi, Carroll.
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