Sam Allardyce blamed the defensive qualities of Newcastle today for the defeat, and is wasn’t just the back four who came in for criticism.
He also assigned responsibility for our poor defending to our midfield and even forwards â€“ because they didn’t get the defensive job done today.
We agree with that.
Sam Allardyce – blasts Newcastle’s defending against Man City as not good enough
Sam called the second goal defensive suicide and we have to think he was not too happy with Steven Taylor’s defending for that goal – but it was a terrible time to concede a goal a minute or so after the restart – and goals change games as we all know only too well.
He also points out that we need some of our injured players back and that Claudio Cacapa has to be near full fitness but failed a fitness test just before the game. We feel sure that CaÃ§apa will be back in the side for next Sunday’s game against Everton at St. James’ Park. It’s a relief to hear what Sam thinks went wrong â€“ and it was the defense – because quite honestly we didn’t think we’d concede 3 goals too many times this season. Bur we looked so vulnerable defensively today.
But there’s good news on Michael Owen â€“ and it looks like he”s almost ready because not much damage was found in either of the two procedures Dr. Muschaweck carried out yesterday and today.
But it’s more like defensive reinforcements that we needed today – not attacking reinforcements. We fully expect the defense got a blast from Sam after the game â€“ and it was deserved. But we suppose it’s all part of the learning curve â€“ but Sam will take some stick for this defeat â€“ it was very disappointing for our fans.
But we do have to be as patient as we can – but as you know it’s not easy.