Sam has talked to Paul Gilder about the Middlesbrough game in this morning’s Newcastle Journal.
He mentions that he was surprised by the criticism following the Aston Villa game last week and says it’s always been that way at Newcastle â€“ too much criticism of both the team and the players.
But we think Sam will just have to get used to that â€“ because we don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Sam Allardyce – thought criticism of Aston Villa game unfair
This is what Sam told Paul Gilder this morning:
â€œIâ€™m still looking at getting the basics right on a week-in, week-out basis,â€
â€œIf thereâ€™s anything that I can say (about how to approach these games), itâ€™s that the more we get the basics right, the more matches weâ€™ll win, the more the confidence grows and the more derbies weâ€™ll win.â€
â€œPlayers can use their abilities outside those structures, they can express themselves and use the capabilities they have. But at all times you have to make sure that you get the basics right.â€
â€œDo that and youâ€™ll win more games than you lose â€“ none more so than in derbies where people might get carried away with the hype.”
“That can affect you and cause you to go out and do some silly things. Thatâ€™s something that I donâ€™t want to happen this weekend.â€
The last time Newcastle played at the Riverside, last October, we were beaten 1-0 with a late goal in the 85th minute by Yakubu, although it was an unlucky defeat. Sam will be looking for a much improved performance tomorrow from that game.
Sam went on:
â€œThe players all understand what the supporters want from them,â€
â€œThe supporters want passion and commitment as much as they want skill and ability and what we have to do is combine all those things.â€
â€œThe players all understand what is expected from them in local derbies, theyâ€™ve all been around the Premier League for long enough. “
“Thereâ€™s only David Rozehnal, Cacapa and Jose Enrique (who havenâ€™t played English football before), but theyâ€™ve experienced their own derbies in various countries down the years.â€
â€œAlmost everyone whoâ€™s playing for us at Middlesbrough has great experience playing in the Premier League and theyâ€™ll understand what they have to draw upon when it comes round to a derby day.â€
â€œRoles are reversed I suppose,â€ â€œThis time weâ€™re the big guys. That means we have to make sure we win, donâ€™t we?â€
Newcastle’s failure to win their first home game last week against Aston Villa, their failure to score and the overall poor performance have come in for lots of criticism. We think a lot of that has been over the top but there’s no doubt the criticism has surprised Big Sam, as he went on:
â€œI didnâ€™t like what was written (about the Villa game),â€
â€œI thought it was over-critical but that has been the case for many years here â€“ over-criticizing the players and over-criticizing the club over long periods is not conducive in trying to bring success.”
“It has been the case for a long time, but thatâ€™s life and we have to live with it. If thatâ€™s the way it is, thatâ€™s the way it is.â€
Interesting comment but as we said we do think the criticism of last week’s game was not fully warranted. In fact Aston Villa were very good and played surprisingly well. However, Sam will need to get used to criticism here at Newcastle. We don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon. When we do well – it also tends to also be over the top â€“ so that’s the way it is â€“ Sam’s right there.
What do you think?Â Â – comments very welcome.