Milner Thinks Newcastle Getting Winning Attitude

There’s little doubt that since Sam Allardyce has been at Newcastle he has very quickly made the team very difficult to beat.

Sam has brought in some big and experienced defenders in Cacapa, Rozehnal, Faye and Beye and the whole team has looked much stronger in most areas of the field, but particularly in defense.

James Milner, who was probably Newcastle best player last season and has started this season in sizzling form, thinks Newcastle are getting the winning ethic from Big Sam and thinks the team is a lot tougher than it was last season.


James Milner – thinks Newcastle are a much tougher side now

James said this morning:

“We’ve got a better team ethic now – that’s a big difference.”

“Everyone’s willing to work for each other. Everyone’s on the same page and desperate to put their neck on the line for each other.”

“As long as we get the three points, no-one cares. They’ll put their bodies on the line, and that’s a great thing to have.”

Sam Allardyce is the fourth manager Milner has worked with since joining Newcastle 3 years ago when Bobby Robson was the manager. James also spent one season on loan to Aston Villa where he worked under his previous Leeds United manager, David O’Leary. So it’s been turbulent times for James while he’s been at Newcastle but he seems very positive about where the team is headed this season.

James added:

“We’ve been a bit disappointed with a couple of games where we thought we could have won, but they’re games last season where we might not have got the point at all.”

“We might have gone on to lose them, so we are moving in the right direction.” “If we can get this winning habit – and if we can get on a roll – we can keep pushing on.”

“It’s important to keep this unbeaten run going as long as we can, particularly when we’re not winning games and not playing that well.”

“That’s what the good teams do – when they are not playing well, they win games or grind out a point.”

“Too many times last year even from winning positions, we did not hold on, and hopefully the mentality is different now, the set-up is different and I’m sure we are moving in the right direction.”

There’s no better time to put James’ thoughts into action at Derby County tonight. Derby have just one point from their first 5 games and have conceded 15 goals in those games. Most of those goals have been been conceded away from home however, and in their two home games they’ve conceded just 4 goals. We would expect Sam to attack the Derby defense, which is obviously their weakness. With Michael Owen and others in excellent form most observers would fancy Newcastle’s chances tonight.

But as we all know, nothing can be taken for granted in this league, so Newcastle will still need to be at their best tonight. But a win will take us up to 4th place with 11 points from our first 5 league games. A great start to the season.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Callum

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #1

    I think a 2-0 or 3-0 win would be pleasing with Owen and Martins both scoring 1 each and either scoring the 3rd to finish the game off 🙂

    11 points from 5 games would be excellent, only 32 more to go before we match our total for last season 🙂

  • Hammy

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m looking forward to seeing our new back four in action tonight, not sure if Enrique will feature as rumours have it he has a slight hamstring strain.
    Can’t wait to see Beye in action….Rozehnal looks like he will be the first name on the sheet every week.
    Anybody heard any more news on Taylor’s position, personally I think he needs rested as the hype surrounding him recently has been ridiculous….BSA did say a few weeks ago that he needed to keep his feet on the ground so I think he’ll be on the bench for the next few games.
    I’d like to see both Martins and Owen up front with the ball kept on the deck and Milner and the Zog getting down the flanks. Can’t wait for the game on Sentanta TONIGHT….

  • Hadji

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    3-0 for Newcastle with Owen,Milner and Martins scoring.

  • lee

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    We should play 4-4-3 tonight with Viduka, Owen and Martins up front, and a 3 men-midfield of NZogbia, Geremi and Milner… with Given in goal. Plenty of attacking options with this formation, and Derby will be on the defensive from the word go. Verdict: 4-1

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t anticipate Taylor or Enrique making the starting 11 but expect Newcastle to grind out a 0-2 win against Derby.

    BSA has nice selection problems in most positions that bodes well for competition and the future of Newcastle Utd. I’m going for Harper in goal instead of Given and a forward line of Martins and Ameobi instead of Owen and Viduka. Beye will start the game and believe Faye will make his debut from the subs bench in the second half……

  • Gallacher the Horse

    Sep 17, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Shame this isn’t at home, otherwise I’d love to see a 3-4-3 formation; up front, Martins and Owen (switching flanks) with Viduka between them to hold the ball and play to either side, Milner and Zog on the flanks supplying Viduka, with Smith and Geremi in the middle and then a back three of Cacapa, Rozy and Beye. Given and Harper should both warm up and whoever lets the most in during that goes off! : – ) Maybe it’d be worth trying away as we’re playing a demoralised team?

    And as for Derby, I think this’ll be a test of whether the players are with the manager, a man with his neck on the line. They could easily either come out fighting like lions to save him, or could be disinterested and play nine behind the ball. Either way, a Toon win I hope

  • ChrisL

    Sep 17, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Lee, Are you seggesting we play ‘rush’ Goalie? (1st man back etc.)


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