There was a lot of dissatisfaction on Saturday when Newcastle could only take a point from a good Aston Villa side that we had expected to beat.
But the reaction from some fans we think has been a bit over the top.
This is a game that Sam suggested we would have lost last season – and he’s right.
Sam Allardyce – has done an excellent job in strengthening the Newcastle defense
The first think Sam had to do at Newcastle was to make the team difficult to beat â€“ which in all honesty we haven’t been over the last 3-4 seasons.
But with the introduction of Rozehnal in defense and all players on the team helping to defend in some way Newcastle looked very solid on Saturday. When Villa did get through we had Stephen Harper to make the two or three brilliant saves to keep the clean sheet. Sam has said we need at least 10 clean sheets this year and in our first 2 games we’ve conceded only a single goal – although it was a sloppy one.
There’s no doubt that Sam and Newcastle have made good progress in shoring up our defense. When you think that we still have Enrique and Cacapa to play â€“ and that we will probably also be acquiring Faye and Belletti this week, our defense will be strong in depth and Sam has done an excellent job there. That was his first priority.
We were lacking in creativity on Saturday in a dull match. But we also have to remember that our two most creative central midfielders, Barton an Emre, were injured. In fact Emre is now back in training but Barton is not due to return until 17th September, according to the PhysioRoom Injury Table.
We can also look on some good performance on Saturday â€“ mainly from the youngsters N’Zogbia, Milner and Taylor. Rozehnal is looking like an excellent buy for us and has really steadied the center of our defense. David has only scored four goals in his career (1 in 75 appearances at PSG), yet in his first two games at Newcastle he has almost scored 3 times! We think Sam has challenged him to score more goals – but the bottom line is David is a terrific signing for us.
Allardyce has said we have to be patient, so we’ll need to remember that. And we’re also 2 points ahead of the champions with a game in hand and we know lots of fans would have taken that before the season started
A win at Middlesbrough on Sunday and an improved performance will put the smile back on Newcastle fans’ faces and we’ll have 7 points from our first 3 games. Let’s keep supporting Big Sam – because we know he’s going to make us successful.
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