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 â€“ because that’s one thing the referees have been told to penalize this season.
David Rozehnal – continually fouled on corners by Derby’s Dean Leacock
But it’s like the offside rule â€“ 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.â€
“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.â€
“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.â€
“The really disappointing thing for me was we got a bit too frantic in the second half and tried to push forward too quickly.â€
“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 â€“ 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.
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