After yesterday’s satisfying Newcastle win over Wigan, when Newcastle didn’t exactly have the best luck in the world, Big Sam talked about the game with Newcastle World.
Newcastle do not have all their players available with Beye, Faye and Enrique still to come into the team at some time.
But the team showed yesterday that Sam’s influence is already showing in positive ways.
Sam Allardyce – Newcastle got 3 points when everything seemed to be against them ever scoring
Most teams yesterday after the first half Newcastle had – would have been a little disheartened.
Owen could have had 3 goals in the first 28 minutes. Once when he was clean through and looked like the Owen of old, bearing down on goal and seemed to do everything right but Kirkland made a wonderful save. He then had a good goal disallowed for offside when it wasn’t. He then could have had another when he lobbed over Kirkland, but also the cross-bar when center back Granqvist slipped.
Add to that a deliberate hand-ball by Titus Bramble and Steven Taylor thudding a header against the cross-bar and Newcastle justifiably should have been well ahead at the interval.
When Kevin Kilbane was sent off a minute into the second half there was really even more pressure on Newcastle to win and they were in the Wigan half basically all the second half, missing chances.
Then with only 3 minutes to go it was still level and most teams in that situation would not have come away with 3 points â€“ let’s be truthful. We’ve all seen those Arsenal games when they miss 6-7 good chances and don’t win – yesterday’s game was like that for Newcastle – just not their day.
But then Martins and Owen together crafted a goal of top quality. Martins’ perfect cross to the near post from the right allowed Owens to slip past everybody and put in a downward header from 6 yards out that was sublime and finally beat the excellent Chris Kirkland. That’s the way good teams win games like this.
Here’s what Big Sam said after the game:
“We are not at our best yet.“
“I am hoping when the players that weren’t available get fit, we will be a bigger force than we are now.”
“I’ve torn the place apart in three months. The players are buying me time with being unbeaten, but we are not at our best yet.”
“But we have kept undefeated – and we can only get better from here.”
It must have been a satisfying win for Allardyce and the crowd played their part in the victory by staying behind the team even though the frustrations must have been building up in the second half.
We haven’t got to get ahead of ourselves but the change in the Newcastle side this season is amazing given the disarray we ended up in last season. Big Sam has so far performed miracles and by his own admission there’s more to come.
Cacapa and Rozehnal looked what they are â€“ an experienced center-back pairing that’s been round the block a few times and young Taylor at right back played well and could have had two goals. Cacapa, as the commentators kept saying, looked very comfortable. That’s only because he reads the game so well and takes no chances that it all looks so easy for him – what a fantastic signing by Allardyce. Claudio made it look so easy I was even looking for my old boots after the game
Our next game is at Derby on 17th September. Derby were beaten yesterday 6-0 by Liverpool â€“ we expect three points tat Pride Park â€“ whatever way we can get to the win.
Yes, we know we’ve had too many false dawns to be over-confident – but it sure looks like that sun is starting to rise and shine all over St. James’ Park