Sam Allardyce talked again about the woeful defeat Newcastle suffered on Monday night against Derby County, this time to the Evening Chronicle yesterday afternoon.
The defeat has burst the balloon that was the fans’ high optimism for a possible great season this year.
Newcastle looked mediocre at best and the worst thing with the defeat is that it brought back memories of previous seasons when Newcastle in some games just don’t seem to be competitive.
Sam Allardyce – we’ll be better against West Ham – hope so
This is what Sam told Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
â€œWhen you get more opportunities in the beginning of a game, thatâ€™s critical in terms of how the result is going to go.â€
â€œIf you do put the ball in the back of the net, you find the opposition will not have as much fight. Theyâ€™ll think â€˜here we go againâ€™.â€
â€œBecause we didnâ€™t do that, Derby kept on fighting and you canâ€™t stop a wonder goal. And this was a wonder goal.â€
There were at least two chances that we missed before the Derby goal, the worst miss being from center-back David Rozehnal, who failed to find the net from 12 yards when presented with an open goal. Ameobi also shot wide when he had a good chance but Shola had an awful game throughout against Derby County. Not sure if Viduka will have recovered from his hamstring problems by Sunday, otherwise Shola may be in the starting line up again. The only option would appear to play Alan Smith up front with Owen. Martins looked energetic when he was brought on and Sam will need to give Oba more playing time on Sunday. Sam doesn’t seem to want to try Oba and Michael together up front.
Sam went to:
â€œThe disappointing thing is that we had a long time to get back into it, but as the game went on we found it more and more difficult to create an opportunity to do that.â€
â€œWe had 14 players away on international duty and that had a little bit of an impact on our performance, which is something I canâ€™t do anything about.â€
â€œAs I say, weâ€™ll take it on the chin, learn from it and hopefully come Sunday weâ€™ll be a lot better against West Ham.â€
United barely threatened on the night and one thing that is lacking in the team is creativity. It hasn’t helped that Nobby Solano is no longer with us, since some of Nobby’s magic could have helped on Monday evening. In fact Nobby may be playing against us on Sunday for West Ham – we hope not.
Big Sam added:
â€œWe didnâ€™t score when we should have done.â€ â€œIf you donâ€™t convert chances when you get them, it means life can be difficult. We knew it was going to be a bit of a scrap, because Derby were going to fight for everything at home.â€
â€œIn the end, the opposition scored a wonder goal out of nothing. You wonâ€™t see a better strike in the Premiership this season.â€ â€œThen it got a bit frantic in the second half.â€
â€œBecause they had something to hang on to, we found it difficult to break them down and create chances to get back into the game.â€
â€œEven though we had lots of pressure and possession, we didnâ€™t find the quality to bring us an equalizer and hence, we ended up with a very disappointing defeat.â€
â€œYouâ€™d be expecting them to be fighting after whatâ€™s happened to them. I said to our lads weâ€™d have to match that to begin with.â€
Sam’s description of the goal as a wonder goal may mean that Harper will keep his place but it’s a bit worrying that we are losing and yet Shay Given is still on the sidelines. Not sure how long Shay will be out but we at least expect him to be in goal for our Carling Cup game against Arsenal at the Emirates on Tuesday evening. Sam will then have a selection problem for the next game at Manchester City the following Saturday.
The win was Derbyâ€™s first Premier League win since March 2002, which came against Allardyceâ€™s Bolton Wanderers.
â€œWeâ€™re all a little bit disappointed in our performance, but you have to give Derby some credit for the way they closed us down.â€
â€œI expected that, as I said. I warned the players Billy (Davies) hadnâ€™t had too many players away on international duty and heâ€™d have them all fired up.â€
â€œI pointed it out to the lads that they were going to win somewhere along the line and to make sure itâ€™s not against us.â€
It’s never good to lose against against a bottom placed team. Newcastle hadn’t lost in the Premiership and Derby hadn’t won before the game – so fate seems to play a part on these games. But we were hopeless and didn’t deserve anything out of the game in all honesty.
We do have a topic on the game on our Newcastle United Blog Newcastle vs West Ham United Sunday 23rd September 13:30 KO . Let’s know what you think the team will be and what formation we’ll play and what you expect to happen in the game. It look s like it’s an important game for us to get back on track.
We expect a huge improvement on Sunday.
Comments always welcome.