Sam’s Wise Words Before Big Bolton Game


Sam Allardyce talked to the Evening Chronicle this afternoon and you just have to read what he says to understand how real, uncomplicated and down to earth he is. He is also nearly always right in what he says – and it’s no different here.

We just hope that every member of the squad listens and understands Sam’s words and puts them into action for the full 90 minutes tomorrow. If they do then a win is very likely indeed.

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Newcastle Manager Sam Allardyce – the journey to greatness begins tomorrow and the players have to be ready from the first minute on

This is what Big Sam told the Evening Chronicle this afternoon.

“We’ve already lost there five times on the trot and we are the underdogs tomorrow – and that’s a fact because you’ve got to look at the record.”

“We can’t get carried away when we get down to the Reebok. In the past we’ve had a miserable record there and got battered on several occasions.”

“We have to make sure we turn it around.”

Isn’t it strange that Sam was the Bolton manager when we (Newcastle) got battered down there. Think Sam must be having some sense of satisfaction about the Bolton wins – which are a little ironic (if that’s the right word). We’re sure that Sam would love to reverse that record tomorrow, however.

Sam will have four of his new signings in his starting line-up in Geremi, Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and David Rozehnal, with Joey Barton injured and Jose Enrique and Cacapa not yet ready to play after concentrating on settling in at Newcastle.

The Newcastle manager went on:

“I think we’re improving and slowly getting better and better the more we know each other.“From my point of view, the lads need to know the game a bit more. I need to continue to show them what they need to do.”

“Towards the end of the Sampdoria game I changed it to a back five. They were looking too dangerous, and we had to make sure we saw the game out 1-0.”

“Adaptability is something we’re going to have to learn, and learn very quickly, to get us back in a game or to make sure we win a game.” “If we do that, then we’ll win more games than we lose this season. That’s the main focus, along with fitness and strength.”

“It was very pleasing to score from a set play and not concede a goal.”

“We must take that determination and resilience into the game tomorrow, because it won’t be about football for the first 25 minutes.”

“It’s about who closes who down, and who makes a serious mistake.”

“There won’t be a minute or a second when you’re on the ball and there won’t be someone breathing down the back of your neck and closing you down.”

“Playing it out of the defense and rolling it across the back like we’ve seen all pre-season goes out the window, believe me.”

“The lads will have to get their sleeves rolled up at the Reebok.” “Those who win the battles first will end up playing most of the football, taking their chances and getting a good result.

“I know it sounds a bit daft, but we do not have to hit the ground running at Bolton tomorrow but sprinting – although at the same time the Premiership is still a marathon.”

Great words from Sam. While we don’t want to be too melodramatic we think the game tomorrow is very important for the club. It’s the first game on a journey to greatness for the Sam Allardyce era at Newcastle. That’s also meant to be a tribute to Sam for the positive impact he has made on the club and the fans in the short 3 months he has been manager of our club.

We wish him good luck on the journey – and to be sure, we’ll be with him every step (kick?) of the way    😀

Comments welcome.



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41 comments so far

  • rich

    Aug 10, 2007 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #1

    we must beat bolton… WE MUST!!!!

    not only for the obvious 3 points but im hoping that we put the critics to bed, if we loose i dont want to near the media for a while!!!

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  • Alex

    Aug 10, 2007 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #2

    I think BigSam will have his players so fired up for the game tomorrow ,that Bolton wont know whats hit them.Its definately a diffrent newcastle side than they have played for some years.Big ,strong and up for the fight.Its going to be some atmosphere.I bet the ref will be showing a few cards.Howay the lads!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 10, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Im pretty confident we will beat Bolton. 3-1 is my prediction.

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  • Dimitri

    Aug 10, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #4

    we’re gonna win 1-3

    smith, viduka, milner

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  • booooltonnnnnf4n

    Aug 10, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #5

    bolton will distory you lot tomorrow, we got better team than you

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  • booooltonnnnnf4n

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #6

    i think 2-0 bolton, cus not only are newcastle crap, they also hve a crap manager cus he will make u do long ball nd ur players are to crap for it

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Alex – certainly hope so – we almost are expecting that -so the first 10 minutes could be crucial.

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  • booooltonnnnnf4n

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #8

    and i think ur main threat will be martins, but he is 2 small for long ball, but if you compare our players … martins and diouf, diouf is much beter and also anelka better than owen and viduka

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  • booooltonnnnnf4n

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #9

    why isnt my comment being posted? :(( doesnt this site allow other suporters view? ( dont post this comment ) — this is to the moderator

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  • e

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #10

    lol my bolton fan friend is trying to post on this site:D

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  • e

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #11

    anyways, i think 2-0 newcastle, i dont rate sammy lee as a coach at all and i think bolton changing style to a 442 formation wont suit them

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  • G.

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #12

    martins & viduka 0-2

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  • george t

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #13

    i think that generally the mood is so good around the club at the moment ,and hopefully we can get off to a “flyer” .i would certainly settle for for say 11 pts out of the first 15 which would put us well in the mix

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Bolton fans – first time visitors have to be OK’d for comments that’s why there was a delay … sorry about that.

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  • apan

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #15

    2-1 victory, smith and milner

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  • Jeff D

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Gartside said that Sammy Lee was the Inspiration behind bolton last season.Mr gartside is the funniest chairman in the Prem, and looks like a boxer dog.Wee sam took charge of bolton at the end of last season,and from what i can remember of that period they were easily the crapest team in the league.I predict they will follow that unrich vein this term. SCORE 0-4

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  • rich

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #17

    LOL – the Bolton fans havent seen us play pre-season.

    long ball?? i think i might of saw 1 or two!!!

    🙂

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  • Jeff D

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #18

    soz Booooltonnnnf4n. (thats not how to spell bolton by the way) but the glory days are over for you now. Its back to the minor Leagues for your lot now. If the end of last season did’nt give you a warning sign of whats to come, then nothing will.Just enjoy tomorrow.It will be like a cup final for you.

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #19

    I actually dont think we will win tomorrow.
    Bolton are still a very organised team who know each other very well.
    At some point, they will get through our defence, which, unlike seasons past, wont be as easy, but lack of playing time together will cost us in early prem games, without a doubt, and Bolton will catch us out.
    The big question is, can we out play them and out score them? I’m not so sure.
    Why?
    Well, because good as our midfield is – there’s so little real creation in there.
    Who have we really got that can make that defense splitting pass?
    Emre? Maybe, but he’s out.
    Geremi? Maybe, but he’s not know for it.
    Milner? Maybe, but he’s inconsistant.
    Smith? Maybe, and my choice to play behind Viduka and Oba.

    I would desperately like us to win but my worry, not just for tomorrow either, is that we still reall lack any born creative midfields.
    This is why I harp on about Riquelme, Deco, Van Der Vaart, Kallstrom, Xavi and so on.
    Those are the type of players that the likes of Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and so on have in abundance.
    Those, or at least one of those players is what we desperately need.

    2-1 to Bolton I fear…

    But we’ll get it right next week at home.

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  • Jeff D

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Edd case….Faith!!!

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  • Alex

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Its so sad .After years of having a football genius for a manager that booooltonnnnf4n is totally clueless about footbal!!!!!!

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Jeff D – I have faith but it’s always on the side of caution, particularly when anything black and white is concerned.

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #23

    From nufc.com

    “There are no new faces at the moment.

    “This week has ended up with a little frustration at the fact that a couple of big targets have not come off and at this stage look like they won’t.

    BIG targets?

    Who might they be?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #24

    I dont think we need faith like people are saying, i think we jsut need to lighten up, its pretty obvious we are going to beat bolton. They got beaten 3-0 by Hibernian with half and half reserves/first team and we beat juve half and half reserves/first team. No comparison. At the end when Little Sam 🙂 took charge they looked a fairly poor team.

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  • Tony

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Alex, you are dead right. After creating a team that punched mightily above it’s weight, it’s rather sad to see the uncharitable comments of both Bolton “fans” and their chairman, Gartside. If it wasn’t for Allardyce the likes of ‘booooltonn f4n’ would still be watching a poor lower league side struggling along against lower league opposition.

    Booooltonn f4n, have some bloody respect for what Sam achieved for you, thank him and get on with supporting Sammy Lee…

    …and while you’re at it get some spelling lessons, it was very tiresome trying to decipher your unintelligible ramblings…

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  • Tony

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Now that I’ve got that out of my system, can any of my Geordie brethren give me any pointers to how I can watch the game via my laptop?

    NUFC.com is reporting that the game is on Setanta Sport Ireland, but on the Setanta Ireland channel on Sky channel 434 it isn’t listed for tomorrow.

    Any help will be much appreciated.

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  • Dev

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Can see Toon pummelling Bolton. They have some very good players but in my opinion Milner is becoming a real hadfull and will get stacks of assists this season.

    1-4

    Davies
    Martins 2, N’Zogbia 1, Smith 1

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  • Hammy

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Booooolllttonfa4n…..pease logue on tommorrow sow wee c4n takke thhe pisss ouut oof youu affter wee ruub yoouur noose init…

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  • Hammy

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Well said Tony!!!

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  • Dev

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Tony

    Download a free program called SOPCAST then add this website to your favourites- http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com

    You can also download a free program called PPStream. Again using the same website. Just check the website to see if the game is on and if it is, then you can watch it if you have one of those or both programs installed.

    To get the program, type in ‘Download Sopcast’ in your search engine and it should find you a site to download it from. The same method for finding PPSTREAM.

    Good Luck

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  • Dev

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #31

    when on the website (which is free, only donations if your willing) scroll to the bottom of the page to see which games are going to be on.

    It is totaly free of charge but donations can be made. I use it sometimes when the game isnt on the telly….it’s worth starting the game 10 minutes early (even if it is just a black screen) to ensure it’s completely buffered in time for kick off!

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  • Bjarne

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #32

    I think you can watch the game here:
    http://www.asiaplatetv.com

    1-3 – Martins, Smith, Zog

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  • Dev

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #33

    You need Sopcast for that site too but the other one is much better than Asiaplate

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  • Tony

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #34

    Top class, lads! I knew I could count on you lot!

    Hey Hammy, I didn’t know you could speak Trotter, do you know if you can buy any phrasebooks, I’ve always wanted to speak another language!

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  • Alex

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #35

    If its true that Luque will leave to go back to spain ,Then another Spanish signing would be a good idea to help young Enrique feel that he is not alone in a strange enviroment. Sam should put a bid in for Campo, a player that Sam rates and he would help with the depth of the squad.

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  • TOON1

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Bolton fans -how many times you lot been in championsleague lol.Step aside boys,. as sam saw the light and came to the BIGGER CLUB.Howay the toon o-2 martyns and viduka,Easy, easy !!!

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  • Sean

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Dev are you sure this website is realiable and does sopcast come with any viruses?

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  • Sean

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #38

    and is it the zip file that i download?

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  • rich

    Aug 10, 2007 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #39

    @DEV

    YOU ARE AMAZING, Ive been using PPlive but its impossible because its all in Chinese… and the Bolton Game is on that page!! Keppin my singers crossed cuz i know how P2P video streams are!!

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 10, 2007 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #40

    Guys, this site id better IMO than Livefooty and Asiaplatetv, : http://myp2p.eu/

    It’s much more explicative and easier to use than the other two.

    But then again all 3 are good sites it’s just a question of taste i guess. 🙂

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