Whether it was pure luck or not, Sam Allardyce’s substitution of Owen and Emre for Martins and Milner after 74 minutes completely won the game for Newcastle United against Everton.
Each substitute scored a goal and had an assist for the other’s goal – so if that’s not getting results from your substitutions we’re not sure what is.
Sam Allardyce – takes credit for inspired substitutions because – well they were inspired
This was a tough game to win for Newcastle, especially after they seemed to have thrown the game away after the interval, so let’s give credit where it’s due – to Sam, his staff and the players.
Sam has every right in the world to take credit for the double substitution he made with just 16 minutes to go with the game balanced at 1-1. It was his decision, and the managers take so much stick for things that don’t go right these days, we’re not sure why he wouldn’t take credit.
What it did do was transform what looked like one point for the Magpies into 3 points, and you cannot argue with that. In fact in our last 3 home league games, we’ve won them all in the second half and generally in the last 20 minutes.
That’s just a great habit to get into – it’s called a winning habit. Here’s what a delighted Sam said after the game:
â€œIt was a double header for me with Emre scoring with a great goal low in the corner and Michael Owen with a terrific header, so our home form gets ever stronger.“
â€œIf we keep that home record, while at the same time improving on our away form, we will keep moving up the table.
â€œWe were our own worst enemies after half-time having completely controlled the first period. We had so many chances in the first half and wasted them all, but we are happy to have won it, although it went right to the end.â€
We agree with the last couple of sentences. It was like Newcastle were trying to commit suicide and throw the game away, after seemingly having it all wrapped up at half time. We have no idea what happened to the defense after the interval, when they they started to lose their composure.
It’s true the back four and goalkeeper haven’t played together at all, so in that sense it was great to get all 3 points. We expect the defense to get better as they get used to playing together. But they need more games to getÂ a better understanding.
But 3 points is 3 points – and we’ll take it – thank you very much.
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