Big Sam Targets Carling Cup Trophy


Sam Allardyce would love to bring a trophy to St James’ Park in this his first year in charge of the club.

Newcastle’s best chance this season will be in the Carling Cup and the Magpies start their campaign tomorrow evening when they play Barnsley at St. James’ Park in the second round.

While it would be easy to think Newcastle should get through the tie easily, strange things can happen in these encounters and Sam will not take any chances.

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Big Sam – will not take Barnsley lightly tomorrow night

Sam talked to the Evening Chronicle this afternoon about tomorrow’s game and this is what he had to say:

“Apart from the injuries to Stephen Carr and Peter Ramage, we had a few other knocks from our trip to Middlesbrough on Sunday, which we will have to look at during the next couple of days.”

“But I am looking to play Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi up front, and Emre is back in training so he could come into it as well.

“Cacapa is now ready but he cannot really play at right-back, so he will go in as a central defender.”

Big Sam then went on to say that he wasn’t taking tomorrow’s tie as a given – and will field a team he believes will be able to get the job done and defeat Barnsley on the night.

Sam continued:

“We will be picking a team which we feel will be capable of winning our Carling Cup tie tomorrow night, but it is very important our players are up to that capability.”

“The Carling Cup is a bit low-key at this stage of the season but we are still looking on it as a very important competition.”

“I always feel the first hurdle can be the most difficult because it is the opposing team’s cup final and we will go out and try to be very positive tomorrow night.”

It would be very good for the club to have two good cup runs this year. With one tie in the Carling Cup and one in the FA Cup the total number of games this season is just 40 – so that’s not a lot of games and the squad should not be too overstretched this year. Compare that to last year when Newcastle played 13 ties in Europe.

We’d like to play as many games over 40 as possible because that will mean we are making progress in both cups. First step is to beat Barnsley tomorrow night, and it may not be as easy on the night – as it looks on paper. But we still expect a win.

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19 comments so far

  • Guysy

    Aug 28, 2007 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Team most likely
    given( bit of match practice)
    Huntington
    Cacapa
    Rozehnal
    Enrique
    Milner
    Nzogbia
    Butt
    Emre
    Shola
    Owen
    4-4-2 hope fully
    im quietly optimistic for uefa cup this year
    3-1 tomorow
    Owen brace with shola header from a corner in gallowgate
    mark my words=P

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 28, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Looks an interesting team – it would give a lot of players a game.

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  • Stephen

    Aug 28, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Ya i expect a win too but we have to be up for the game and respect Barnsley because we all know what happened against Birmingham in the Fa.cup last season ha a 5-1 defeat at home i know Birmingham are better than Barnseley but that was a shock result so we got to play well an dthe result will come then..No europe this season so its crucial we do well in these cus because we aint going to set the league alight this season because we are doing a rebuilding system and we have a good bit to go to challenge for the top 4

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  • Stephen

    Aug 28, 2007 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Ya i expect a win too but we have to be up for the game and respect Barnsley because we all know what happened against Birmingham in the Fa.cup last season ha a 5-1 defeat at home i know Birmingham are better than Barnseley but that was a shock result so we got to play well an dthe result will come then..No europe this season so its crucial we do well in these cus because we aint going to set the league alight this season because we are doing a rebuilding system and we have a good bit to go to challenge for the top 4..

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  • apan

    Aug 28, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #5

    would love to see enrique and cacapa on action 😀

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  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 28, 2007 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #6

    I think the Carling Cup will be harder than ever to win this season with so many teams strengthening their squads over the summer and looking to qualify for Europe next season.

    I’m backing BSA to be the man to end our long and painful wait for some silverware (Intertoto Cup aside).

    I just hope Owen starts and bags a couple of goals against Barnsley – then hopefully everyone on here will start recognizing him as the world-class match-winner that he is.

    It really gets my goat that everyone is talking about the fat aussie as our number 1 striker. Don’t get me wrong, The Duke is good, and now he’s in Black and White I support him, but Owen is an England legend in the making – and he plays for The Toon!

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  • SS

    Aug 28, 2007 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #7

    This is Newcastle – cant you just tell what is going to happen – we say we target the Carling cup, and get dumped out on our arses at he first hurdle…… or win 6:0 and draw chelsea away in the next round….

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  • Shearer 4 pm

    Aug 28, 2007 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #8

    just heard dyer has broken his leg againest bristol rovers haha what a loss

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  • Steve

    Aug 28, 2007 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Shearer 4pm – yeah I saw that on bbc website – Dyers been really unlucky with injuries and I wish him all the best in his recovery, still on the upside he can probably spend the rest of the season with his family in ipswich

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  • Rich

    Aug 28, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #10

    “still on the upside he can probably spend the rest of the season with his family in ipswich”

    hehe…. any1 know if the games on Sopcast or anything?? doubt many international tv stations would be interested in the league cup.

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  • Dirk

    Aug 28, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #11

    league cup is very underrated!, not the fa cup or premieship title but all teams compete and most use strong teams, i think this would b a very good start for SA if he won us the carling cup

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  • michael

    Aug 29, 2007 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #12

    I just can’t wait to see Barton and Duff back. I reckon they will kick start are season.

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  • Big Sam Fan

    Aug 29, 2007 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #13

    ive just read a very funny thing!! Dyer has a suspected broken leg!!
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    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_2691913,00.html

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  • Graeme

    Aug 29, 2007 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Having seen the tackle on Dyer, it didnt look that bad, then they showed it from behind. He must have legs of glass – far worse tackles happen every match with nothing more than bruises. Thats him out for 4 – 6 months then.

    I cant agree that its funny, but it sure is ironic. WHU were convinced he was going to be a superstar for them, now he is going to be their most expensive cheer leader ever. Still, he can spend lots of time at home with his family, which is just what he wanted.

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  • rich

    Aug 29, 2007 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #15

    its not funny that he brooke his leg, your not a very well balanced person if you find other people suffering funny.

    Its been said numerous times on this site but at least hell have plenty of time on his hands to spend in Ipswich with his family which is what he wanted all along.

    Karma.

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  • Darren

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #16

    If you don’t find it funny why the “he he” comment then? He is not my favourite player but a broken leg is not something to laugh about.

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  • Shearer 4 pm

    Aug 29, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #17

    i don’t find it funny i find it ironic how he moved after 3 years of injury with us saying he needs to be closer to home goes to london not ipswich then says he will play anywhere then starts to find the form that got us interested then gets injured, it is like an endless circle, he will be joining the mackems next haha

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  • Big Sam Fan

    Aug 31, 2007 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #18

    My comment was never meant in a funny haha sort of way as in a funny ironic way!

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  • Big Sam Fan

    Aug 31, 2007 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #19

    and it was a bad tackle but did not seem bad enough to break a leg! he must have week bone! i always liked dyer but the way he treated our club and us the fans is just unacceptable!!!

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