Sam Allardyce hopes Newcastle can keep a clean sheet on Sunday because if we can that will almost guarantee that we will take all 3 points from visitors Everton.
Newcastle have a very good record at home this season and have conceded only one goal in their 4 home games so far while scoring 6.
Sam is also hoping to cash in on the possible fatigue among Everton’s players after their UEFA Cup exploits in Ukraine on Thursday.
Sam Allardyce – hoping for clean sheet against Everton
The Toffees scraped through their First Round clash with FC Metalist Kharkiv winning 4-3 on aggregate and 3-2 on the night. It was really an excellent result for the Toffees after drawing their home tie 1-1. The winner came in the 88th minute.
This is what the Newcastle boss had to say today about the Everton game:
“They put a terrific amount of effort in Ukraine after what looked like a lost task in the first-half when they went a goal down,” “But David Moyes did well to change things and in the end when their chances came along they took them.â€
“For us now it’s about trying to capitalize upon any fatigue that might be left over from that long journey and that great effort.â€ “It always helps winning a game but it’s a fact that they will tire towards the end of the match on Sunday.â€
“It’s similar to us playing at Arsenal last week and, in the end, they took advantage of our fatigue in that last ten minutes and scored two goals, and I hope that’s the same for us against Everton on Sunday.”
Newcastle have only conceded a single goal at home this season from four games and Sam believes that defensive strength can help Newcastle win on Sunday. That one goal conceded was in the last game, the 3-1 win over West Ham United. Sam continued:
“We’ve looked good at home and come across some difficult sides and we’ve only conceded one goalâ€ “It’s important we build on that and we want to go and entertain and attack, but I keep stressing the importance of clean sheets.â€“We have to keep that mentality at home and if we do that we will win games.â€ “Now we have to transfer that to our away from home because if we don’t concede we have the players to score goals and win matches for us.”
So the defense will be key again on Sunday just as it was last week at Man City. Last week the defense was not tight enough for the home sideâ€™s first 2 goals and that basically cost us a result. We just have to do better this week and keep it much tighter at the back. It will help to have Cacapa back to partner Rozehnal and we expect Steven Taylor to start the game on the bench.
A win will get Newcastle tight back in the swing of things in the Premiership and take the Magpies above the Toffees in the league. That sounds good.
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