Sam Pleased with Magpie’s Solid Sampdoria Performance

Sam Allardyce was pleased with many aspects of Newcastle’s game yesterday against 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 Shay for most of last season   🙁

Sam said:

“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. 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.”

“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.  Not too bad but we must now go for the full three points at Bolton in our first league game next Saturday – 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, N’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.

Comments always welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Nick

    Aug 6, 2007 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #1

    The team seems to be getting things done. However, the Bolton game is not like any of the friendlies so I am keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

  • 9thJune

    Aug 6, 2007 at 4:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Now that Given is out we’re arguably missing our three best players in Given, Barton and Owen. Will be glad when we get those three back along with Duff and Emre.

  • Greg

    Aug 6, 2007 at 5:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Dissapointed luque didnt get a run out

  • Murvar

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #4

    I thought Rozenhal looked very assured and he balances the back 4 as he prefers his left side. I too was disappointed that Luque didn’t get a run out; having Martins on the right was a waste of time. He could have brought Milner across there and let Luque continue to build confidence with time on the pitch in his preferred position on the left. Butt tired and faded but Geremi did well. Even Carr seemed to have a bit of life in him. Smith will become a hero, I have no doubt.

  • rich

    Aug 6, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #5

    i think Luque’s still nursing that twinge from the Hull game.

    Martins had a poor game, but i think its because of two things , one is that the Italians knew exactly what to expect from him and, two is that Sam played him on the right hand side which he didnt look to comfortable with.

    ALan SMith had a cracking game, especially when he got shifted from up front to attacking mid, he looks really good to me in that position…playing behind the strikers.

    Zog as usual, didnt to too well LB but when he shifted up to LW he played amazing.

    once again, it showed how much we need at least 1 LB… Tayloer & Rozey had a good solid game and Carr didnt play to shabby either.

    i think Carr looked good, but with a fully fit squad…. no matter how good Geremi is in midfield unless we sign another RB i can see Geremi getting played tehir more often than not.

    3 more signings this week…. Drag…. LB & someone to surpise me.

    i heard on Talksport one of the pundits talking about a club annoucning 2 players in the next day or so to the tune of £25million… i was in the toilet and didnt catch the name of the club…. please please please be NUFC!!!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 6, 2007 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #6

    rich – that would put the icing on the cake

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 6, 2007 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #7

    9thJune – I’m worried about Shay – we don’t want the same thing happening like last season but Harper is very confident these days. Thought he had strengthened his groin during summer – but it may still not be right – but still 6 days to Bolton.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 6, 2007 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #8

    rich – both Enrqique and Drago play LB – do we need another one in addition to these? Rather have a RB come in now.

  • t-g-w

    Aug 6, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Anyone know why Cacapa didn’t get a run out. That surprised me a bit. I reckon Luque is going to get a big run out tonight against Gateshead for his fitness. Ameobi is said to be going as well so will probably play some part.

  • Rufus T. Firefly

    Aug 6, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #10

    rich…yes, I´ve seen it ,been there.
    Last frontier between information about transfers in
    Newcastle United.

    If no one wants to buy Luque,why he seems to be still playing in Newcastle?
    His place is in bench as backup.No more.
    Some people say he is good player,but i never seen him playing good.
    Any comments?


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