Sam Allardyce made a successful start to his Newcastle career at his old club Bolton yesterday, when his team ran out worthy 3-1 winners after dominating Bolton is the first half and going 3-0 up at the break.
Allardyce is keen to complete an overhaul of the Newcastle squad and it looks like he is moving in the right direction.
Let’s take a look at what Sam had to say about rebuilding his squad after yesterday’s win.
Sam Allardyce – still a lot to do at Newcastle
Sam says there’s still an awful lot of work to do at Newcastle and he estimates he’s only about 40% there at the moment.
This is what Sam said after the game yesterday:
“We are 40 per cent towards where I want to be,” “There’s another 60 per cent to go. I’ve got to buy time to get there and I can only do that by winning matches.â€
“That’s why this is a great start for us. It’s been a great day for me, bringing a new team back to my old club.â€
â€œ I certainly felt a bit more edgy and nervous before the game.â€
“I hoped my players would go over the white line and produce committed and quality football, and that happened in a very good first 45 minutes when we killed off the opposition stone dead.â€
“It was about seeing the game out in the second half and we did it extremely well apart from the slip-up when they scored their goal.”
Nicolas Anelka scored Bolton’s consolation goal in the 50th minute of a second-half in which they showed great courage in trying to mount a come-back, after hardly being in the game in the first 45 minutes. But Newcastle held out quite well and as the second half went on it looked like Newcastle were getting the hang of the Bolton attack, in which Anelka and Diouf were outstanding.
However, a second goal by Bolton would have brought them right back into the game – so it was still a nervous time for Newcastle fans especially when Bolton scored so early in the second half.Â The second half showing by his team gave new manager Sami Lee some encouragement and the Bolton manager said:
“I was disappointed by the result, but if I can take any positive from the game it came in the response I got in the second-half.â€
“If we hadn’t got that response, I would be even angrier than I am at the moment.â€
“We just didn’t start the game and I can’t explain it, but I will be looking for reasons why it happened.”
“You can have ifs and buts, but that doesn’t disguise the fact we were 3-0 down at an early stage and hadn’t started to play.”
Certainly an excellent start by Newcastle yesterday and they looked such a different team than at the end of last season. As Sam says, it’s very important to get as many wins as possible in the first 10 games when we don’t meet any of the top 4 teams. Newcastle should be able to get a decent number of points up on the board.
But the Premiership is all about winning so for game 1 it was mission accomplished yesterday.