Looks like Sam Allardyce was happy with the performance as Newcastle stepped up their game in the second half against Barnsley to take them comfortably through to the third round of the Carling Cup last night. The draw for the third round is scheduled for noon this Saturday.
An impressive crowd of just over 30,000 turned out for the game with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley again present and again wearing a Newcastle shirt.
He must have been happy after the game after he witnessed his first win in person – hopefully there’ll be many more in the future.
It’s good to have Mike at the games.
Sam Allardyce – mission accomplished
This is what Sam had to say after the game:
“It was just a case of waiting and being patient and not switching off at the back, and finally the Premier League showed up with the quality you have got to have to play at this level when the goal went in.â€
“It was a great ball and a fantastic run and a really good finish, and that is normally the only difference between two sides.â€
“It was that move, that pass and that finishing which just knocked the stuffing out of Barnsley, and then of course we finished them off with Oba putting the ball in the bottom corner.”
“It was a good victory, we are through to the next round and a clean sheet, which is very, very important indeed.â€
“I cannot emphasize that enough, it means you are always in the game to win it when you score.”
It’s obvious what Sam is trying to do at Newcastle. Build an excellent defense and then in almost any game, as long as you have a clean sheet, the game is there to be won. That will be more important against the good sides but a very good performance from Cacapa in central defense will probably mean he will step up on Saturday and we will see either Taylor or Solano in the right-back spot.
Owen’s first goal for the club since December,, 2005 came in the 53rd minute after Barnsley had held Newcastle fairly easily in the first half. But in the second half Newcastle increased the pressure and Martins ended the contest with four minutes remaining after replacing Owen..
Claudio Cacapa was impressive at the back, and Jose Enrique was given his debut, and Charles N’Zogbia was probably Newcastle’s best player again.Â Michael Owen is slowly returning to full match fitness and Oba Martins looked very sharp with his third goal of the season.
Allardyce went on:
“There were good performances from a few players. Jose looks encouraging. He is not quite there to match-fitness yet, but it was a comfortable performance for his first game.â€
“Claudio was excellent at the back, and it was very, very important indeed to give Michael and Shola up front match practice.â€
“Charles N’Zogbia as well. Everybody did their job, but those players did an excellent job.”
The only problem for Allardyce was the thigh injury to Emre early in the second half but Sam is hopeful it’s not too bad – after taking off Emre early as a precaution.Â We’ve got to get Emre fit.
Barnsley boss Simon Davey was pleased with his team’s performance and said:
“I was pleased with the performance. It was a proud dressing room.â€
“They have come to a massive club and competed with them. But for perhaps a little lack of concentration and a bit of world-class finishing, we lost the game.â€
“They can hold their heads up high and be proud of what they have done.”
Newcastle United: Given, Solano, Taylor, Cacapa, Enrique, Smith (Edgar, 85 mins), Geremi, Emre (Butt, 52 mins), Nâ€™Zogbia, Ameobi, Owen (Martins, 83 mins).
Subs not used: Harper, Huntington.
Barnsley: Muller, Kozluk, Nyatanga, Souza, Mostto (Christensen, 76 mins), McCann, Ricketts, Togwell, Mattis (Coulson, 83 mins), Devaney (Butterfield, 88 mins), Werling.
Subs not used: Colgan, Atkinson.
Referee: Graham Sailsbury (Lancashire).