Newcastle Need All Guns Blazing on Sunday


Sam Allardyce has finally talked a little about the game last night in which Newcastle didn’t play anywhere near their best, against then bottom of the league team Derby County.

Sam talks about how Derby center-back Dean Leacock continually fouled David Rozehnal on corners, by wrapping his arms around David.

Why the referee didn’t call a foul on Dean is beyond us – because that’s one thing the referees have been told to penalize this season.

david-rozehnal-382.jpg

David Rozehnal – continually fouled on corners by Derby’s Dean Leacock

But it’s like the offside rule – when the player is level with the defender he is always blown for offside, even though he should be played onside. The benefit of the doubt is still given to the defense even though the rules now say the exact opposite should happen.

This is what Sam had to say to www.nufc.co.uk today about the game last night:

“It was a disappointing night all round and there’s no getting away from that,”

“However, we’ll take it on the chin, learn from it and hopefully come Sunday, we’ll be a lot better against West Ham.”

“Now it’s our turn to come out fighting and it’s my job to make sure we do that.”

Sam then addressed the worst case of Leacock’s many fouls on David Rozehnal as he went on:

“We think we should have had a penalty just prior to them scoring because Leacock hauled down David Rozehnal at a corner.”

“The referee was right in line and didn’t give it, then they went down the field and won it with a wonder goal. There’s nothing you can do about someone who strikes a ball like that.”

“The really disappointing thing for me was we got a bit too frantic in the second half and tried to push forward too quickly.”

“We should have been a little more patient in terms of trying to break Derby down, but didn’t create the kind of chances in the second half that might have got us back into the game.”

Good point by Sam since the Newcastle players seemed a little panic stricken towards the end – but that was understandable as they just wanted to get a goal and at least keep their unbeaten record. But the team and Sam will live and learn together and hopefully a few lessons will be learned from last night.

One lesson hopefully learned is that absolutely no game in this league can be taken for granted. If ever there looked to be a win for Newcastle it looked like it would be against Derby County last night – and look what happened. Derby, to their credit, came out fighting and had all guns blazing for the full 90 minutes.

Well, that’s exactly what we need to do on Sunday against West Ham and we’ll look for a big improvement after the many disappointments we all endured last night.

Comments always welcome.



You can share this articleShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Tumblr

38 comments so far

  • Pete

    Sep 18, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #1

    We had no width, get zog on LW, Milner on the RW – if Enrique is unfit slap taylor at lb.

    Butt and Geremi should not both play in the same midfield

    Given

    Geremi, Rose, Cacapa, Enrique (or Taylor)

    Butt

    Milner Zog

    Smith

    Ameobi/Viduka, Owen/Martins

    0
  • Luke

    Sep 18, 2007 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #2

    butt and faye! let alone butt and geremi!

    0
  • jason

    Sep 18, 2007 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #3

    I expect another lacklustre performance resulting in defeat,loads of high balls,poor passing,poor set pieces,n’zogbia wearing two left boots, smith fouling,owen rested,martins on the bench and shola getting on my ti ts…. blah blah blah blah blah blah
    Last night has proper depressed me…HELP my fellow geordies !!

    0
  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 18, 2007 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Shola Shola plays like flat coca cola
    Shola Shola we won him in a dodgy tombola

    0
  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 18, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Taylor at LB?

    Are people starting to miss the old square pegs/round holes regime of Roeder and Souness already?

    0
  • milner fan

    Sep 18, 2007 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #6

    We just need something from the next game, doesn’t have to be a win, just need to make sure we dont get a string of defeats. Remember its early on in the season. The big guns have all had slip ups so far and no one is questioning them at this stage!

    0
  • Ivan

    Sep 18, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #7

    oh my goodness
    i am seriously sadd, i wanna cry!

    i dunno anymore, am i supporting the wrong club? actually i dunno why i even started supporting newcastle, its just seem the right one.
    then i started like splashing my cash on super expensive jerseys, but if it comes to this, god, i dunno!
    HElp anyone!

    0
  • TOON NUTTER

    Sep 18, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #8

    SIMPLE AS WE WERE NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

    ITS HAD SHADOWS OF A TEAM WITH NO IDEA, WE NEED TO GET BARTON FIT ASAP AND HAVE SOME CREATIVE PLAY COMING THROUGH THE TEAM.

    THOUGHT SHOLA WAS NOT GOOD ENOUGH AND SHOULD ONLY BE USED IF AN WHEN

    0
  • hadrian

    Sep 18, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #9

    the toon are just like england , we all think they are better than they actually are .
    our midfield is pathetic .
    i dont wanna jump on big sams back just yet , but last night we played like his old bolton team , except we got beat off bottom of the leauge.

    someone point out to big sam that there was a big reason beardsley and gazza were so loved apart from them being geordies … they play good looking football !!! thats what toon fans want to see !

    0
  • Kevin

    Sep 18, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Ivan, et al:
    Fear not, my Geordies!
    A) Newcastle’s got the most killer kit in the league – so wear it proud.
    B) BSA will realize what to do with the lineup soon. Obviously, last night was flawed. But keep in mind, Beye and Faye hadn’t even seen action in a black and white shirt. There’s still time needed to understand how every player fits into the puzzle. But they’ll fit. (For instance: as Pete and Luke said, Butt and Geremi can’t play together. Ameobi is as useful as a blindfolded llama up front. Taylor CAN play LF so we can let Zog play his natural position to get some quality on the left to match Milner’s on the right.)
    C) The best supporters in the world, mates. In the World.

    Now that we’ve seen Beye and Faye play, this should be SUnday’s starting XI:

    Given
    Beye – Rozehnal – Cacapa – Taylor
    Milner – Smith – Geremi – N’Zogbia
    Martins – Owen

    0
  • Owen

    Sep 18, 2007 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Last nights game was as poor a performance as I can stomach.

    Totally disjointed and lacking anything but humping long balls up to Shola, and he played a stinker. Constantly falling over, out muscled or worse, caught offside like he didn’t understand the friggin rule.

    It really showed a lack of creativity. The fact that we could could only bring on 2 defenders when we needed to chase the game shows we need more creative midfielders.

    Playing Butt, Geremi and Smith in midfield is not going to get you lots of support for your front 2.

    Speaking of Smith, he’s wasted on the right. He’d be a better target man than Shola, at least he understands the offside rule. AAArrrrghhh.

    Maybe we would have been better off with

    Harper

    Taylor…..Roz……Casapa…….Zog

    Geremi…..Butt…..Faye…….Milner

    ……Smith…..Owen…..

    or

    Given

    Geremi….Roz…..Casapa…..Zog

    Milner……Faye……Butt

    Owen….Smith……Martins

    0
  • JJ

    Sep 18, 2007 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Guys, can I get an opinion here. If Sam wants to play a target man, dont you think that Alan Smith would be a better bet than Shola, really… Im sure Sholas a great bloke but how many inept performances must we see before they realise how bad he is at this level. Oh.. If only we had a Shearer to hold the ball up.
    And under Souness two defensive midfielders (Butt and Parker)…now three!!! Geremi, But, Smith. PLEASE Joey Barton get fit soon. Oh I wish we had Gareth Barry and Barton as our midfield.
    But your thoughts on Smith and Owen/Martins up front, esp now that Owen is injured.

    0
  • Hadji

    Sep 18, 2007 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #13

    I believe that the game was fixed.

    0
  • Steve

    Sep 18, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #14

    @hadji – I’m with you, I reckon derby laced the pre match dinner with LSD because the majority of the toon were running round like headless chickens – we should report derby to the FA

    0
  • Tom_toon

    Sep 18, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #15

    LSD; the way they were playing it looked more like Traquilisers

    0
  • JEFFBRUM

    Sep 18, 2007 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #16

    SMITHY WUD BE FAR BETTER LEADING THE LINE RATHER THAN AMIOBI….WASTE OF SPACE , GOT NO FIGHT IN HIM- GET RID OF ! SMITHY WILL NEVER BE A MIDFIELDER….AND SHOULDNT BE NEEDED THERE WHEN WE HAVE -MILNER,ZOG,DUFF,BARTON,EMRE,GEREMI,BUTT,ETC ALL FIT .

    0
  • Azvael

    Sep 18, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Agree with u jeffBrum!!! Smith is far better than the League one material Amenobi. Wasnt able to win one ball against average derby CB!!!!! If Big Sam dont want understand that. We are doom. We have a great back 4 but i think Taylor is better than Capaca as CB. Capaca is too short.

    0
  • Hammy

    Sep 18, 2007 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #18

    I just finished work at 11pm last night and had taped the match having dodged the result all night…DOH!! I fell asleep on numerous occasions due to the distinct lack of action……I couldn’t believe how many balls Derby won in our 18 yard box….what happened to our giants in defence???? it’s all very well sending out teams not to concede goals but what happens if WE need to score???? you’d think we’d been playing Chelsea with the negative team we’d put out………..The big man little man formation will start to wear a little thin if the performances continue in a similar vein…………..
    Welcome to the toon Sam…………..

    0
  • Craig Allen

    Sep 18, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #19

    If I hear the words wonder goal one more time I swear ! We were outplayed – forget about the goal. Take that away. Now it’s 0-0. All fine right? NO! We were outplayed. It was embarrassing to be honest. Derby conceded 6 to a top 4 team two weeks ago. So they bounce back and outplay an undefeated team (until then) with much more resources than them and expectations of a euro spot for next season. Now it’s Barton this and Barton that – yes, he is what we need, but we can’t pin all our hopes on one midfielder! He gets injured again, then what? We’re back to playing an attacking midfielder in defense and 3 defensive players in midfield? Someone needed to throw Milner a Powerade or something, the boy looked exhausted throughout the game. Someone needs to tell Ameobi that being polite doesn’t cut it as a striker. You not meeting your in-laws. You need to be ruthless, an opportunist, a fighter. You go for that ball no matter what. You put your body on the line dammit. Someone needs to throw a “Get in there!” sign at him. Can’t believe I’m still frustrated. Even after kicking the dog!

    0
  • JEFFBRUM

    Sep 18, 2007 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #20

    GLAD U AGREED ABOUT AMEOBI / SMITH AZVAEL….. BUT CANT AGREE WITH YOUR PREFERENCE FOR TAYLOR OVER CACAPA—– CACAPA IS CLASS AND WE NEED HIS LEADERSHIP/EXPERIENCE AT THE BACK. TAYLOR WILL HAVE HIS DAY.

    0
  • AndyW

    Sep 18, 2007 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Howay everyone. last night was a reality check nothing more, nothing less. Its a brand new team that probably can’t remember each other’s names yet never mind understand each others game. Perfectly true we were crap but anyone who has followed Newcastle for any length of time knows that we have always been world beaters one minute and feckless fools the next, doesn’t matter who is in the shirt.

    Remember its the hope that’s hard to take. I think we are all going to have to toughen up a bit for this season’s rollercoaster.

    0
  • Dave

    Sep 18, 2007 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Team taht should be played
    Given
    Beye–Cacapa–Rozehnal–jose
    Geremi-N’Zogbia-Butt-Milner
    Smith- Martins

    0
  • JoshI

    Sep 18, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #23

    And we’re playing Newcastle 2 on Sunday 🙁 if we are not incredibly careful we are gonna get shit kicked! God i hope not!

    0
  • JoshI

    Sep 18, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #24

    My Team:

    Beye-Roz-Cacapa-Enrique
    Milner-Geremi-Butt-Zog
    Smith-Martins

    0
  • JoshI

    Sep 18, 2007 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Or:

    Beye-Roz-Cacapa-Enrique
    Geremi
    Milner – Smith – Nzogbia
    Owen-Martins

    0
  • PK-Norway

    Sep 18, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #26

    we have to get Zogbia as left winger as soon as possible..we need creativity ..and beye should start…owen and martins on top would be very fifficult to any defenders in the league to get hold on ..should play like Joshi said..

    0
  • StevieA

    Sep 18, 2007 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #27

    We need to ‘hammer’ them. Plain and simple.

    I think we really need to put in a performance too.

    0
  • apan

    Sep 18, 2007 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #28

    a win is a must, now our morale are down, and its a home game so no more excuse, if BSA is gonna use the same lineup and tactics i think we doomed, he can use the 433 style with more pleasent way or heck if he wants target man so much use the diamond 4-4-2

    given
    beye rohzehnal cacapa enrique (if his fit if not again zoggy)
    —-faye—-
    geremi-milner
    –smith/viduka
    martins owen (if not then smithy)

    NO BUTT or AMEOBI PLS

    0
  • Adam

    Sep 18, 2007 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #29

    We seem to have an excellent choice of strikers now, quality wingers and should have a very solid defence given a bit more time. It’s just the midfield that needs a serious injection of pace, spirit and skill. And that is vital!

    By the way, I would think that Rozenhal would be a lot more natural as a temporary left-back than Taylor!

    0
  • Michael Stewart

    Sep 18, 2007 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Formation for the game against West Ham (4-3-3-)

    ————–Given—————-

    Beye—-Cacapa—Rozenhal—-Taylor

    —————-Butt—————

    ———–Feye–Smith————

    Milner——————————-N’Zogbia

    —————Viduka (or Martins if unfit)——————

    Basically a direct copy of Mourinho’s favoured Chelsea formation of two years ago. Okay, not the most pleasing on the eye on paper, but this one should have an emphasis on the two out-and-out wingers Milner and N’zogbia.

    One holding midfield player, Butt, who never strays beyond the middle line and mops up all the loose balls. Feye, a hard-working industrious midfield player, gets forward occasionally but also strong as an ox in the middle. Smith, our Lampard, gets forward all the time, and waits for the run on the ball outisde the box before shooting. Milner and N’Zogbia, running with the ball from the sides and trickery to boot. Viduka or Martins hustling defenders and generally being a nuisance and holding up the ball if needed.

    Barton to replace Smith when fit, and Enrique to replace Taylor when fit also. Perhaps also Feye to move into Butt’s position when Barton returns, with Smith moving to Feye’s position. No room for Owen, because he just cannot play on his own up front. Tough, but fair.

    Just an idea, but from recent evidence, we NEED two wide-men at the least.

    0
  • Edd Case

    Sep 18, 2007 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #31

    The team does not need more than one defensive midfielder.

    If that allows Zog and Milner either side og Geremi, so be it.
    Up top, Viduka, Owen and Martins please.
    Back 4 of Beye, Cacapa, Rozy and Enrique.

    My team (IF we insist on the 433)

    Given
    Beye, Cacapa, Rozy, Enrique
    Milner, Geremi, Zog
    Martins, Viduka, Owen

    0
  • cool guy

    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #32

    i think viduka plays a important part and we should also put milner back in the mids. And the good thing is that this weekend against west ham we are at home and bellamy is injured so big chance that he is not playing

    0
  • tommyinaustralia

    Sep 19, 2007 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #33

    given
    beye taylor rozenhal enrique
    milner geremi emre nzogbia
    martins owen

    0
  • Dalston

    Sep 19, 2007 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #34

    Will Allardyce change formation on Sunday? I say he will not, expecting another labouring performance…just hope some sparks from some indivdiduals would save us…

    0
  • perry

    Sep 19, 2007 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #35

    What can i say? U all have say it.

    0
  • w2

    Sep 19, 2007 at 6:01 AM

    Comment #36

    play geremi as a defensive right back. he’s no midfield player.

    0
  • JEFFBRUM

    Sep 19, 2007 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #37

    GIVEN – — BEYE , ROZ , CACAPA , ENRIQUE – — BUTT — MILNER , BARTON , ZOG – — MARTINS , OWEN. ………. SUBS ;- HARPER , TAYLOR, VIDUKA ,GEREMI ,SMITH.

    0
  • SelangorFC

    Sep 20, 2007 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #38

    Please let Given play……..

    0

You must log in to post a comment.