Sam Sure Goals Galore in This Newcastle Side


Sam Allardyce thinks his new squad have the ability to score goals galore after watching his side net three times within the first 27 minutes of the start of the new season at the Reebok stadium this afternoon.

A free-kick from Charles N’Zogbia and two from Oba Martins, who looked razor sharp, saw Newcastle race into a 3-0 lead lead at Bolton where they played Bolton off the park in the first half. Newcastle eventually won the game 3-1 quite comfortably after easing off in the second period.

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Sam Allardcye – had players inspired in the first half as they took Bolton to the cleaners 😀

United were unbelievable in the first half as they clobbered Bolton, who were unable to live with the pace of this Newcastle team in midfield and up front, where Martins looked a world beater. The Newcastle boss is confident his team will be an attacking force to be reckoned with this season – and after today’s first-half showing it would be difficult to disagree with him.

This is what Sam had to say after the game:

“It was a terrific confidence boost to get three goals in the first 26 minutes,”

“We have got players who can score goals all over our squad.”

“Oba and Charles have got the goals today, but next week it might be Mark Viduka, Shola Ameobi or Alan Smith.”

“After that we’ll see Michael Owen and Joey Barton scoring goals.”

“And it shows that, even though we conceded in the second-half, we were already three goals in front and that was so important in making sure we got the win.”

If this is how Newcastle play away from home it’s going to be interesting to see how they play at home. Sam has said that he’ll be more attacking at home. Maybe Bolton had believed this – which is why they were almost ambushed in the first half by Newcastle’s terrific showing. If this had been a boxing match it was like getting three knockdowns in the first round.

The first home game is next Saturday evening at 5:15 pm against Aston Villa – and we’re sure it will be very difficult to get a seat at that game. The season has really begun well for Newcastle and now we have to make St. James’ into a fortress again. It’s obvious from today’s showing that the team will fight for every league point to propel is up that league and get the team back into Europe – where we belong. Today’s first half showing is the best attacking performance we’ve seen from Newcastle in many a season and it augers so well for the future.

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28 comments so far

  • Lull , Malaysia

    Aug 11, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, it looks like everyone so happy with the win,they all went to get a pint or two 😀

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  • Lull , Malaysia

    Aug 11, 2007 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Anyway, cant wait for all our players to be out of injury and fully fit plus a couple more signings on our side, then we will be flying! (or is it just me?) 🙂

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Lull – yes – expect tomorrow will be a day of reflection. they were just unbelievable in the first half – still think we need 3 players a RB, CB and a midfielder. And the players out injured – seeing this game – will know they’ll have to fight for their places – that’s for sure.

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  • Soren

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Think we looked very good today in the 4-3-3. Looked good and agressive with fullbacks overlapping midfielders. The 4-5-1 for defending the lead, also look a-okay. Looking forward to the Aston Villa match to see how Sam approaches that. Today certainly went well 😀

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  • valle

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Great game, but we should still be able to see where we need some more strength… Imo Carr is our weakest spot atm and a great wing would do nice to… Sad to hear that a couple of unknown big players left Sam frustrated after they decided not to come, but on the bright side its nice to hear that we are actually after a couple of great players still.

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  • Soren

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #6

    valle – agreed, Carr looks like the weakest link in the Newcastle line-up. Maybe it could be an idea to try, and use Dyer at his postion? Like we use N’Zogbia on the left. But nows a little late to experiment with that, and Dyer might not be the flavour of the month.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Carr did his best but the goal showed his lack of pace. If it had been Taylor he would at least got a challenge in. Hate to say this but I wonder if Owen is worth his place if Oba’s going to play like this every game. Not a bad start with 2 goals. Also the zog is great and Smith will become a very important player for us.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Sure Dyer will move to WHU – especially because Man City beat them rather easily.

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  • MightyMilburn

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #9

    As BSA stated himself.. there are many potential goal scorers in our club now.. so offensively we seem to be more than covered (IF our injury curse/jinx will not strike again).. Just imagine when Barton gets back along side with Owen (if he makes the team.. hahaha) we should score goals.. a lot of goals..

    I enjoyed today’s win in particular because Newcastle PLAYED football.. attacking.. pressing.. hustling.. running.. PASSING.. it was a sheer pleasure to watch.. of course we werent in total control 100% of the time, but how many teams goes to Bolton and dominates them the way that our team did today?? Not many..

    The team sorrounding the club deserves a huge pad on their backs for the effort they have put in so far.. They couldnt have asked for a better start to the season thats for sure.. Yes, we have a taken a small but very important step in the right direction.. hopefully we can continue this trend come Saturday when the Villans visit SJP..

    But as BSA has said himself we are nowhere near the finished article yet.. We are still lacking width, depth, and a bit of (defensive) quality in our squad.. In midfield I would like to see at least one more DM brought in.. We have two good players in Butt and Geremi, but if one of them gets injured or has a dip in form we dont have an obvious back-up/replacement on hand.. I see Barton as more of a central/offensive midfielder..

    In our back four we really need some good full backs.. Looking forward to seeing the Bull in action (dont remember seeing him play last season in La Liga – even though I watched a couple of Villareals games.. is that a good or bad sign??) plus we need someone to cover for/replace Carr on the right side.. He did play well when at Spurs but that is nearly 4 years ago.. and he hasnt actually set the right side on fire with his displays in recent seasons..

    All this being said.. I will go to bed tonight with the best feeling in my gut (reg. NUFC) that I have had in a looong time.. I live and die for this team and I have been disappointed too blooddy (pardon my french) many times in recent years – along with the rest of the Toon army..

    I sincerely hope that the new players brought in will put in the graft and passion which some of the predicessors most certainly didnt.. We have shifted some of the dead wood, but there are still a few players whose passion and desire I question (no one named – no one forgotten)

    Good night one and all – whereever you might be.. HOWAY DA LADS!!!

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  • Dan

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Went to the match, away support was excellent as always, dont think we re quite as good as being made out but still good start. We all tried to make nobby know he s wanted but i guess it all comes down to the “family issue” again…

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  • Ryan A

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #11

    hey, anyone saw that big mouth bolton fan? his face must look like a rotten egg. Hey nice to hear that former toons have scored ( sibierski and especially chopra’s late winner!!). Well someone KILL CARR!!! He insanely sucks… why didnt they play solano in his place? he just got his contract signed so whats the fuss about? Anyone knows the new date for the newu vs arsenal fixture?

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  • hadrian

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Martins … need that contract sorted !! , that buyout clause scares me .
    whole team looked great in the first half , im not to confident in carr’s place in the sqaud , but think its time to sit back and cheer while big sam does his thing ! .

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 11, 2007 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #13

    I eat my words from yesterday. I was too worried and didn’t have enough faith – shame on me.

    Despite the win though, there’s still a couple of ‘old school’ niggling things.

    Carr – again for me, responsible for their goal – why didn’t he just step up?
    Still not enough quality balls through the middle.

    However, Geremi was awesome. What a player.
    Viduka too, though he tired.
    Smith, would have liked to have seen him up front with Milner where he was, though I can see why, Smith more diciplined in that role.
    Martins, looked great.
    Rozenhal, had a couple of scary moments but overall, looks very solid.
    Taylor, N’Zog, pretty good, but I really want to see Enrique.

    Great win, lets keep it going, howay the lads.

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  • Murvar

    Aug 11, 2007 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t agree that Carr was at fault; you don’t put your slowest defender one on one with fast attackers, and, more to the point, you don’t have your left back taking free kicks from the right wing. This is madness and if we can’t find a player who can take them from out there instead of the left back we’re not as technically accomplished as we need to be. Other than that – what a sound performance at the back, with lots of other positives. When Rozy gets into the pace of the Premiership I think he will be a real star; and Smith is going to be a hero. Shame about Nobby – we need his guile and craft as another alternative, and he’s our RB cover at present.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 11, 2007 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Murvar – Carr was exposed – he was covering as best he could after the defense was split wide open. He moved over from his right to his left trying to cover Anelka. The real fault was with Geremi who committed himself to a challenge and the through ball beat him.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 11, 2007 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #16

    I’d still rather see Solano start at RB than Carr.

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  • dirk

    Aug 12, 2007 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Actually, Ed, it was all Carr’s fault.

    Watch the goal again – it is Carr who is playing anelka onside like a total idiot!
    All he has to do is step up, and anelka would have been miles offside – so much so that the pass would never have been made to him.

    Thats called schoolboy defending, and when its done by a 30-plus year old, you’ve got problems.

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  • apan

    Aug 12, 2007 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #18

    Carr’s fault not rozy, his too deep behind while other teamate already pushin forward for offside trap, he should just slide tackle in but his too fat!

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  • rich

    Aug 12, 2007 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #19

    i agree with Dirk, Carr was our weakest link and i blame our loss of a clean sheet on him, his positioning was terrible, and again as dirk says youd expec more from someone whos been playing in the prem for like 10+ seasons.

    im hoping we add a few mor signings over the next few weeks at least a RB and another CM.

    i thought todays formation was very interesting…

    Carr—- Taylor—- Rozey— Zog
    —Geremi—-Butt—-Smith
    —Martins—Viduka—Milner

    i dont think any1 predicted that!!! Milner in a more advanced role was very pleasing to see as he didnt have to hug the touch line, i think Martins finishing was amaizng but i know for a fact Big Sam will want him to work on his ball control, i think its just going to take Obafemi a little bit of time to get used to the good ol 4-3-3, i mean he can obviusly score phenominal goals but he needs to be able to bring the players around him into the game better… but im sure Big Sam will address that.

    i think we will see Luque leave, because after that performance, and the fact we have Zog, Duffers & Milner able to do a good job i wouldnt mind seing Luque go in replacement for a creative midfielder….

    Makes sense when weve been linked to Eidur heaps, if Sam is interested i believe Eidur played very well with the 4-3-3 at Chelski and would do a cracking job for us!!

    Toon top of the league and Top goalscorer… lets hope we can get better.

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  • rich

    Aug 12, 2007 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #20

    one more thing, the icing on the cake… and i havent seen this for a long time….we got through 90 minutes without having to call the Physio onto the pitch MY GOD!

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  • Robert-from Croatia

    Aug 12, 2007 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #21

    I watched the game and it was awesome.Can’t believe,Newcastle played with heart,wich we didn’t do for many years.Newcastle 4:0 Aston Villa.Howay the lads

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  • DaveII

    Aug 12, 2007 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #22

    Ed can you get the goals like you did with the friendlies???? i think that everyone would like that especially seen as Sam thinks the team is full of goals!!!!!

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  • Zx

    Aug 12, 2007 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #23

    NUFC TOP OF THE LEAGUE!!

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  • joe

    Aug 12, 2007 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Holy SMOKES am i dreaming?when was the last time we were top of the league!?

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  • toonoholic

    Aug 12, 2007 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #25

    that would be october 1996 😛

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 12, 2007 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #26

    Dave11 – i had the goals up immediately after the game but then when I checked last night the site said i was using their intellectual property and stopped playing the video – will try again this morning – try to see what was wrong – I took the piece down because the video wouldn’t play.

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  • Aussie geordie

    Aug 12, 2007 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #27

    Great game! Carr needs to go wouldn’t even bench him nuff said. We dont need the Gud and money woulod be better spent elsewhere. We have shown we dont need Dyer and will be even better with Barton there anyway. Sell him but I’d like to keep Nobby. Maybe its sentimental but i think he has a lot of talent and can still ply his trade very well. A great night to be sitting up at 1am on the other side of the world in my old brown ale jersey. Cheers boys and hope we can keep it up. A win against Villa would be expected no matter what the time of year so lets do another good job.

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  • valle

    Aug 12, 2007 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #28

    Just watched 1st half again, carr gave a stupid chance to them in the 27th minute to… If we can just lose him then the days of hasty mistakes and defenders losing focus should be over.

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