Sam Allardyce seems to put down Newcastle terrible display last night to the international break that saw 14 players away on international duty.
Last night’s first defeat of the season was a real let down for Newcastle fans who had thought they would never see a display like that again from a Sam Allardyce managed team.
But the display showed Newcastle players were always second best and hardly ever won a 50-50 ball – and that was against the team holding up the Premier league.
Sam Allardyce – woeful performance from the team last night
This is what Sam said after the game last night:
“We’re disappointed because the sad thing for me is when you have 14 away on international duty for the best part of 10, 12 days, and can’t get hold of them to come back and get the team in order – it was apparent tonight.â€
“We’re new together anyway, we didn’t really want the international break after the result against Wigan.â€
“Saying that, it came down to poor finishing for us tonight.â€
“In the end we were beaten by a wonder goal. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up, there was very little anybody could have done with what the strike was about. Probably 49 times out of 50 it would go over the bar.â€
“Tonight it went into the back of net. It was great for Derby, and a bit of a sickener for us.”
It’s at least true what Sam said. Rozehnal was set up beautifully by Michael Owen after 18 minutes and all he had to do was put the ball in the gaping net from about 12 yards but David blasted wide. That would definitely have changed the game in Newcastle’s favor.
But that’s all woulda coulda shoulda – and it didn’t happen. Instead we got a classic display from Newcastle when the team as a whole just didn’t turn up for the match. It was like some sad days gone by.
If they had been playing Liverpool or Manchester United they would have been a lot more awake than they were last night. We think it may even have been some over-confidence, if that’s possible.
Anyway, no more of these performances … please.