Sam Banks On Defense and Clean Sheet


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.

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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.”

“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.” “It always helps winning a game but it’s a fact that they will tire towards the end of the match on Sunday.”

“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 goal” “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.”“We have to keep that mentality at home and if we do that we will win games.” “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 side’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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8 comments so far

  • yemozone

    Oct 5, 2007 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #1

    yeah yeah yeah.But we have to mention the creativity in midfield too.Be cause u dont expect the defenders to be keeping clean sheets everytme.
    Midfield too is very vital.Because i can remember under bobby robson,the defence was not too good but the midfield was solid.That is why we score alot of goals.

    So ,all i’m sayin is that midfield too is very vital.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 5, 2007 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Yes I agree – but I was so disappointed last week that we let in 2 poor goals at least our first priority has to be a clean sheet. Then we just have to score a single goal like Oba did for us last week. Hope Emre and Zog both play in midfield for that extra creativity – I can feel the 3 poi nts coming 😀

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  • toonfan1

    Oct 5, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #3

    the game isn’t 2mrw, it’s on sunday Ed. hope that we can get an early goal just to calm the nerves and take the wind out of Evertons sails. if it’s still 0-0 by 70 mins i would be worried as i think everton woudl snatch the points! come on magpies win it for us. if we win we can go up to fifth but lose and could go down to 15th.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 5, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #4

    toonfan1 – yes I know – updated it – guess I cannot wait for the win 😀
    You’re right about an early goal – 2 would be even better – Martins looked great last week and Viduka good – the lads will be going all out right form the KO. A win will will lift all our spirits – that’s for sure..

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  • Bill F

    Oct 5, 2007 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #5

    There is no question at all that Everton are a team we should be able to beat especially after the really tough workout they had on Thursday. If we lost I would start to have that terrible deja vu feeling starting to creep in. I think it’s time to give some one a good tw***ng and Everton are the perfect candidates. 6-0 to the Toon.

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  • leo

    Oct 5, 2007 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #6

    dont forget everton are a top team with top players, victor anichibe and arteta are key players for them, and along with lescott putting his fair share of goals in, they are a strong force for any team in the premiership nevermind us. hoping for a win, but wont be easy

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  • Bill F

    Oct 6, 2007 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah, I don’t really expect us to win 6-0 I’d be happy with a 1-0

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Oct 6, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Clean sheet and 3 points; just what the doctor ordered; but will take the 3 points if they come along.

    Defence and midfield will need to be better than the City debacle as Everton are a good side despite playing in Ukraine on Thursday!

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