Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce believes Newcastle United will benefit from a free week together as the squad prepares for their first home game of the season against Aston Villa on Saturday evening at 5:15pm.
Newcastle were scheduled to play Arsenal on Wednesday night, but with Arsenal playing Sparta Prague in their Champions League qualifier, which they won 2-0, that game has to be rescheduled.
Sam has been talking about the game so we’ll take a look at what Big Sam has to say.
Sam Allardyce – tough test on Saturday against Aston Villa
This is what Sam had to say about the Villa game to the Official Newcastle United web-site yesterday:
“Some teams could have nine points on the board by the time we play Aston Villa next Saturday night.”
“But from a personal point of view I think it will be a blessing in disguise for us having the Arsenal game called off, as this will give us a full week to prepare for Aston Villa.â€
“When a new manager comes into a club like I have done, things are not going to be 100% straightaway, and we are still building and growing together.â€
“Hopefully we will have a good week together because there a lot of new staff and new players still getting to know each other and that will take time.”
The team right now is full of confidence from their 3-1 opening day win at Bolton, but Sam is not getting carried away – unlike some of the fans. He thinks it will be a very different game than at Bolton and the onus will be on Newcastle to break the Villa down.
As Sam says above, the players are still getting to know each other, and it will be interesting to see what team and what formation Sam uses against Villa. But one thing is for certain – and that is the Newcastle team will be well prepared and know exactly what they have to do to get the win – which will be so vital to the confidence of the team.
The perfect result would be a win and a clean sheet. Apart from one moment of slackness on Saturday we could easily have had a clean sheet and Sam has targeted at least 10 clean sheets this season. Sam has plenty of players now match-fit and chomping at the bit to get in the team. Enrique and Cacapa could make their debuts in defense and we’re sure Michael Owen will be introduced at some stage during the game.
It will not be an easy game as Aston Villa looked good against Liverpool on Saturday â€“ but a win is what we must always aim for at St. James’ Park, and that has to be the target on Saturday. Anything less than that will be a disappointment following Saturday’s great win at Bolton.
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