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.
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.â€
“Oba and Charles have got the goals today, but next week it might be Mark Viduka, Shola Ameobi or Alan Smith.â€
â€œAfter that we’ll see Michael Owen and Joey Barton scoring goals.â€
“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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