Sam Stung by Criticism of Aston Villa Game

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 – too much criticism of both the team and the players.

But we think Sam will just have to get used to that – 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:

“I’m still looking at getting the basics right on a week-in, week-out basis,”

“If there’s anything that I can say (about how to approach these games), it’s that the more we get the basics right, the more matches we’ll win, the more the confidence grows and the more derbies we’ll win.”

“Players 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.”

“Do that and you’ll win more games than you lose – 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. That’s something that I don’t want to happen this weekend.”

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:

“The players all understand what the supporters want from them,”

“The supporters want passion and commitment as much as they want skill and ability and what we have to do is combine all those things.”

“The players all understand what is expected from them in local derbies, they’ve all been around the Premier League for long enough. “

“There’s only David Rozehnal, Cacapa and Jose Enrique (who haven’t played English football before), but they’ve experienced their own derbies in various countries down the years.”

“Almost everyone who’s playing for us at Middlesbrough has great experience playing in the Premier League and they’ll understand what they have to draw upon when it comes round to a derby day.”

“Roles are reversed I suppose,” “This time we’re the big guys. That means we have to make sure we win, don’t we?”

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:

“I didn’t like what was written (about the Villa game),”

“I thought it was over-critical but that has been the case for many years here – 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 that’s life and we have to live with it. If that’s the way it is, that’s the way it is.”

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 – so that’s the way it is – Sam’s right there.

What do you think?   – comments very welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Darren

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    If he thinks the reaction last week was over the top wait until we suffer a defeat!

  • DC

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #2

    If he bought a creative midfielder and a right back we’d have nothing to complain about, as they were the only real problems with the team. We defended reasonably well, and worked very hard as a team, but we lacked that creativity to break through the Villa defence. As for Carr, is he were a horse they’d put him down.

  • gordon

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    You can only judge the guy when he has had the right backing and a couple of seasons in charge.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Darren – exactly – but Sam will get used to it – he’s a positive guy so he doesn’t like the gloom and doom stuff that has built up because we haven’t won anything. But Sam can also change all that – a cup win this year will go a long way towards improving the mood on Tyne-side.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Newcastle fans are desperate for success and need to give BSA time to build a succesfull team. He’s started rebuilding the defence as we have a decent midfield and forward line. Just needed a bit of bite; i.e. the Barton’s, Smith’s and Gerimi’s of this world…..

    A top 6 (hopefully top 4) finish and decent cup runs this season should result in additional funds being released for next season. Then I expect 1 or 2 class players to be brought in.

    With no European football this season, don’t expect the likes of Deco to come to Tyneside!

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Even if we do, do well this season, if he does not get a new RB i will be mad, i cant stand the sight of Carr and knowing that at any minute he could make a fatal mistake and cost us the game.

  • Darren

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Since Bobby Robson left the fans have got more impatient, it is a build up of tensions that is getting worse each year due to our lack of success. We know it is not helping the team but as fans we are rapidly reaching the point where we are not going to take any more rubbish when paying good money to watch NUFC.

    I pray we will win something this year as that is the only way I can see St James returning to the fortress of noise it used to be. Unfortunately their are only three trophies to win…

    a) the league is a pipedream

    b) The FA cup seems possible but since the premier league began only Everton outside of the top four have won it 🙁

    Which leaves the league cup.

    Maybe our expectations are a little high.

  • iain

    Aug 25, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #8

    the booing imo was probably down to those that will use every poor result to air their opinion on big sam – i think its clear theres always going to be sections of fans at any club that simply dont rate big sam.

    talk of not playing football like bolton from sam when fans say he cant make a team play half decent football, then launching long throw after long throw into the box and long ball after long ball to your cf in your first home game wont help change the opinions of that group of fans.

    if the likes of so called lesser clubs can knock it about a bit with crapper players the nsurely we can.

    the frustration doesnt come from just not winning imo, it comes from lack of performances and lack of entertainment ie chances/shots on target at home games.

  • apan

    Aug 25, 2007 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #9

    i pity BSA, again we have been labeled impatient and i dont like that as a newcastle fan, for now we have to be realistic, heck readin some comments who said that we can directly win the league title this season after the Bolton game sickenin me…optimisim is a must but be REALISTIC as well……BSA already prove his worth by sortin out the defence, now let him sort out the defence will ya? give him the backin and at least 1 or 2 seasons to shine, not 1 or 2 games !!


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