Sam – Oba Could Have Had Match Ball

At the end of the game last night Newcastle United were a well beaten side – but they were also a tired side having been forced to play within 48 hours of their good victory on Sunday against West Ham United.

It was obvious that some of the players ran out of steam – especially in the second half when the young Arsenal side – which was almost a completely different side that demolished Derby County 5-0 on Saturday, raised their game a notch.


Sam AllardyceOba Martins could have had match ball

Why Newcastle had to play within 48 hours is rather stupid but it’s all down to money again as Spurs play their Carling Cup game tonight and the two North London teams wanted to play on separate nights and they got their way. The Emirates stadium was a complete sell-out last night and the Arsenal fans certainly enjoyed what was served up for them.

Sam Allardyce was understandably disappointed after the game as he said:

“Oba could be sat here with the match ball,”

“That leaves us a bit disappointed, but we’re more disappointed with being forced to play the game tonight after playing on Sunday.”

“What we got was a fatigued set of players. As good as Arsenal were, we ran out of legs and they finally capitalized on that.”

Arsene Wenger must have been delighted with the performance of his youngsters:

“In the first half Newcastle defended well,” “But slowly we took over and in the second half it was all us.”

“We should have scored many times and didn’t, but we didn’t rush forward and get caught on the counter-attack. We were good and intelligent, and I like that.”

The goals that beat Newcastle came late with only 7 minutes to go as Newcastle had battled well to stay on level terms. In the 83rd minute19 year-old Dane Nicklas Bendtner, who had an excellent game and looked real class (like a lot of the other Arsenal youngsters) showed some brilliant touches, and finally powered home a great header that finally beat Newcastle’s Shay Given. 17 year old Frenchman Armand Traoré’s had jinxed down the left before laying off the perfect cross.

Wenger added:

“Bendtner was top quality,” “His presence in the game was great.”

Then in the last minute 19 year-old Brazilian Denilson smashed home a wonderful shot into the top right hand corner which again left Shay Given helpless.

Wenger added with a sly dig at some of his critics:

“You accused us of overplaying and short-passing – now we score headers and long-distance goals,”

It was some performance from the young Arsenal second string.

Here are the goals in case you haven’t seen them.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Doctapaul

    Sep 26, 2007 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    I didn’t go to the match. I went to watch Zappa plays Zappa at Shepherds Bush because I bought tickets months ago. ZPZ were amazing so maybe I made the right choice?

    How well did Enrique Smith and Faye play?

  • Hadji

    Sep 26, 2007 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    He missed the first one against West Scam
    He missed the second one against the Gonners
    Well,i believe in third luck charm.

  • A.Gooner

    Sep 26, 2007 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s a shame fat same is making excuses about the the short rest period his side had.

    Newcastle only started 3 more players than Arsenal who played at the weekend. So what’s the excuse for the rest of the team?

    Newcastle are a big club, with a lot of respect amongst other fans.

    I hope Aladyce doesn’t drag you down to the level of Bolton, where it was a case of motivating players by giving them a small club inferior complex.

    You have a good squad full of capable players. To turn up saying you’d beat Arsenal at their own game, then playing one up front against our kids…well it’s not what Newcastle are about.

    Glenn Roder should be running the show up there, from youth level to the first team, as Wenger does at Arsenal.

    It would take him 3-5 years. to build the club up.

    Aladyce has seen his only chance of a pot go out of the window last night. Do you really want to be hated by the rest of the county for his comments and playing dour football AND trophyless?

    Get rid of the fat one ASAP guys….

  • Ashburton Gooner

    Sep 26, 2007 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Good to see Fat Sam making his usual excuses after a defeat, rather than just admitting he is a rubbish manager. In a way I feel a bit sorry for you Newcastle fans (although that becomes more & more difficult when you get morons like Hadji posting pathetic names, which don’t even make sense), because you will have months & months of him crying & making excuses after every defeat before Ashley gets fed up & sacks him. The sooner than happens the better off you will be!!

  • roscoe

    Sep 26, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashburton Gooner :
    If you dont have anything constructive to say then get the F%$# off our site!

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 26, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Thanks for your concern Ashburton Goon but we don’t need nor want it.

    You have a cab waiting.


  • A.Gooner

    Sep 26, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    roscoe – I thought Ashburton Gooner was consructive enuff! Sometimes its hard to see the wood for the trees, and I’m sure you all hoped that Aladyce was your saviour.
    Be intersting to hear what you guys think of him, as I can only see him screwing up a good club, that apart from some board room shinanigans, is pretty much well respected in football.

  • Hadji

    Sep 26, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Roscoe….Why you even bother with this piece a shit,f–k him.

  • Doctapaul

    Sep 26, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    I wish you well Ashburton Gooner. Arsenal are a great team, they play attractive football and have a manager capable of spotting the best talent available at a very young age.

    Arrogance breeds resentment and eventually guilt.

  • oz

    Sep 26, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Well you toons will soon have lots of time to rest. You wont be in the FA cup for long if a group of 18 and 19 year ol` kids can knock you out of the Carling cup. Europe? Your`e having a laugh. Why did you get rid of Roder. The only thing about him was he looked like a rat. This one looks like a wallrus and dont know F*&^k all about football. Ever seen him play in his time. Known as The Flying wardrobe .

  • Dz Adams

    Sep 26, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Ashburton, is it not your boss thats actually called whinger famous for his incessant whining and staring at other peoples families.Seems like none of you lot down there can mind your own business.Now F*#k off.

  • oz

    Sep 26, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    you lot down there, you lott up there. Lets face it. Do you really think Big Sam`s the Man? Now stop crying and face the facts. At least the score lines.

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 26, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13

    A.Goon why don’t you post your comments on the I hate Sam website and leave us on the we love newcastle website alone. We don’t need you or your types posting lines and lines of anti-Sam sh!t. Now why don’t you go congratulate your foreign legion for fighting your football battles for you and stop making this about Sam. We support NUFC here – now p!ss off. This blog is about NUFC.

  • Stevep

    Sep 26, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #14

    We’ll see how bsa does over the next few months – if he persists in 4-3-3 and long balls up to big man I can’t see us getting into top six which is probably Ashley and Morts minimum requirement for this season

  • nightfall

    Sep 26, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #15

    i think sam’s more of a coach than manager… he knows a lot about training, re-generation, etc…., but he’s playing lottery with tactics and line-ups…

  • Neutral

    Sep 26, 2007 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #16

    BSA is an awful manager. The sooner this is realised the better. He doesn’t buy good players, just work horses. Alan Smith is terrible technically. Likewise Faye etc. Barton is more box to box than creative, don’t expect him to be some white horse to come in and save the day. The reason why he doesn’t buy creative players is that he plays long ball football. Bolton played awful football under him.

    I feel sorry for you guys, crap manager, crap football, crap result. You have no chance against City, they have a good manager who plays nice football. To thing you could’ve had him!

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 26, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #17

    yeah they’re seem to be here more than on their own sites – I’ll never go to a goon’s site so I suppose it’s compliment to us. these tossers probably can’t read their french post match comments.

  • Hadji

    Sep 26, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Craig Allen…Just ignore these c*(&nts,can’t you see they’re miserable.How the hell all of a sudden our site is full with Gooners.

  • A.Gooner

    Sep 26, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Craig allen – when you learn to speak english youself, I guess we could have a debate!

    enjoy bfs…obviously you wouldn’t want someone French and succesful!

  • Lull , Malaysia

    Sep 26, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Hahaha… nice one Craig Allen! Now i know why these gooners are here. I wonder if their match programme also written in French? 😀

  • Mark G

    Sep 26, 2007 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Arsenal are a great team and fantastic to watch. However to see Arsenal fans come on here and rubbish our manager after a few games is just ridiculous. Arsene Wenger won nothing in his first year in charge of Arsenal and he started off managing a team that were in a much better situation than Newcastle are now. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying he should have won the league that season, what I am saying is that these things take time. I haven’t made my mind up on Sam yet and I wont until the end of the season but anybody who thinks they can make a final judgement now is not living in reality.

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 26, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #22

    it’s “yourself”and “successful” you tosser – learn to type english you french fry! lol, what a tosser.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 26, 2007 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Goals win games and had Martins scored at least 1 of the 3 chances that came his way it could have been a differant end result…….

    The young Arsenal side played magnificant and are a credit to their manager. I’m confident BSA will get our squad right too, but it takes time!

  • Tom_toon

    Sep 26, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Tbh i think we did well probably could have won if oba was on form.

    7 of Arsenals starting 11 played up to the final last year.
    IMO Fabianski is a better goalie than Almunia
    Diarra had experience with chelsea.
    Bendtner is a good tall striker
    And an 8 mil Eduardo

    Dotn know why people are saying we are ‘rubbish’ and ‘fat same must go’ because we lost to a team of arsenal youngsters.

    1. They got to the final last year with roughly the same team.
    2. they are probably the best youngsters in the world (as a team)

  • Tom_toon

    Sep 26, 2007 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #25

    oh and not forgetting we were without duff, barton, viduka, owen, cacapa

    5 quality players. having seem the goals i think we did well. Given is defintely our no. 1

  • gordon

    Sep 26, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #26

    When arsenal win nothing again this season we will all have a laugh nearly 3 Years is it??

  • Doctapaul

    Sep 26, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Gordon, It’s nearly 40 years I’m afraid.

  • SingKing

    Sep 26, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Seems to me this is just one sad tosser trying to wind us up using different names. Maybe Roeders Mother? Moving right along … It seems to me Oba is missing chances because he is short of match practice and if we had started his regularly he might have as many goals for Toon as little Mickey Owen has for England? Thoughts?

  • Doctapaul

    Sep 26, 2007 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #29

    The Arsenal lads who scored didn’t need much practice?

    I suspect that Oba is feeling a mixture of being peeved combined with a lack of self confidence. He’s young, ambitious and has an agent probably telling him that his personal stock value will plummet (remember Bellamy) if he doesn’t get games and goals.

    The important thing is two games he’s made himself plenty of chances and he will score lots of goals over the coming weeks – of that I am confident.

    The best thing we can do now is be vocal in our support for Oba and the rest of the team because the matches ahead of us are tougher than those behind.

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 26, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Yeah, I think his confidence took a bit of a dent even though he might not have showed it and took it on the chin, he is still human after all. With our support and more matches I’m sure he’ll regain that killer instinct again, singking. He has the opportunity now to make the most of it, as Harper has when Given got injured. I’m sure he will.

  • Sinead

    Sep 26, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Ya he’s the opportunity like but only for about a month, it wont matter how good he plays or trains or whatever he wont dislodge Owen who will I can nearly guarantee walk straight back in to the squad. Martins is better then Owen but so far he hasn’t really been given the chance except for maybe 5 mins a game or thrown in against Arsenal. He needs match time maybe he’ll get it when Owen’s out but when Owen’s back it doesn’t matter how many he moght have scored Owen will come back in for him.Unfortunatley.

  • Frog on the Tyne

    Sep 26, 2007 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Well BFSA does ney do it for me lasses.

    I wish I had drunk more bran ale like and fooked a fat slag…hmmm, after a few bevies, I might even have done BFSA.

    So anyway, as I was born in the 70’s (hard to tel lcox we all dress in 70’s gear still) – what is this silver wear people keep talkign about??? The mam has some silver cutlery at home…but we never use it like.

    Away the lads!

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 26, 2007 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #33

    LOL@frog on the tyne

  • agooner

    Sep 26, 2007 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #34

    glad I got you to larf craig with my frog on the tyne.

    you may think I am a tosser, who can’t spell, and you may be right…but I have a lot of respect for your great club, and thats why I visited your website to see what real footy fans thought of last nights game. As far as the media concearned, the only game that was played last night was Torres v’s the might Reading. Torres cost more than the Arsenal suad last night, so he should be able to beat Reading!
    I respect your club anf fans, but not the arsehole of a manager. Sorry, but he is dragging you down, is taticaly nieve…I mean come on, Maclaren was deamed a better manager! Find an ex Gerodie…even if you have to dig him up (Sir Bobby?) and get back to being a great team again.


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