New Newcastle Defense Showing Real Commitment

Two of Newcastle acquisitions during the summer Jose Enrique and Abdoulaye Faye have had to be given time to settle in to the Newcastle system, says manager Sam Allardyce.

Sam talked about his new players yesterday, after an exciting second half display in which Newcastle took all 3 points, after looking to have thrown the game away with some sloppiness after half time.

Newcastle played a new back four in the 3-2 victory over Everton at St. James’ Park, and they need time to gel, but still managed to get the win yesterday.


Sam Allardyce – pleased with Newcastle’s new defenders

Big Sam said:

“With Jose, we have spent a lot of time trying to justify what he can do.”

“And Abdoulaye Faye hadn’t played a game since playing against us for Bolton Wanderers when we beat them 3-1 on the first day of the season.”

“We’ve waited to get him to the right level, and that was a tremendous performance you saw in the defensive unit today.”

“And we’ve got Claudio (Cacapa) back, which is an important factor. The tackle of his on Anichebe at 2-1 was very important.”

Claudio played very well, as usual, and he was the pick of the Newcastle players. But the team made too many mistakes in the second half to almost give the game away. However, a great stength of this team is you never accuse them of giving up, and we believe that’s exactly what the Newcastle crowd were seeing during the second half.

They had a bad patch to allow Everton to come back to 1-1. But that didn’t stop the lads from pushing on to win the game, thanks to the terrific support of the fanatical Newcastle fans – who we know are the very best, and not just in the Premiership. Michael Owen had interestingly made the comment after the game that anything is possible with this Newcastle crowd, a compliment indeed.

That never give up attitude from Newcastle will reap huge benefits in the future, and they dug deep for the victory yesterday. We all know it wasn’t pretty – but a victory is a victory. Well done lads,  for the guts and commitment, in difficult circumstances.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Jerry

    Oct 8, 2007 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope all those people having a go at Emre will be eating humble pie now. We need his quality in the centre of midfield, because quite frankly we havent got anyone like him in the team.

  • valle

    Oct 8, 2007 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    I really liked what i saw from Faye, no nonsense and solid defending… however, Rozehnal have been fantastic too, so who will be our defensive partnership?. I also liked Enrique, altho he was the one who was on Johnson when they scored, at least he was there to pressure him and he made allot of great tackles and passes. I would say that he looks mature and unfazed and that is certainly good to have when you start out in the EPL as a 20 year old Spanish player.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 8, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    I really like the way Emre has come out and said he wants to stay at the club – there’s no way this guy should be allowed to leave the club. Sam has to get the best out of him – creativity like he has wins games – as we saw yesterday.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 8, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    valle – we think Sam will bring Edmilson in during Jan so who the central two defenders will be – is anyone’s guess. I like Roz and Faye was great yesterday and Cacapa has so much experience.

  • Arthur Prince

    Oct 8, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Strength in depth at the back Ed everyone fighting for their places and of course the African Cup which could mean Alan Smith as centre back !!!!!

  • valle

    Oct 8, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Actually the African Cup wont be so hard on our central defense with Taylor, Roz, Cacapa and possibly Edmilson to do the job, only Faye will be missing there. Our right back spot will again be left to the skills (Or lack of) of Carr and Ramage, but if there is no injuries in defense Taylor can do a good job on the right ofc… We should sell Ameobi tho, and buy a technical attacker since we will be without Martins, and we already have pace and power.

  • hadrian

    Oct 8, 2007 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #7

    have to agree , really liked faye and cacapa in defence , pair of them looked solid .
    still like rozy there aswell tho , he’s made mistakes like everyone but i can see him knocking away a couple goals a season with those forward runs of his .
    id even have him in midfield sitting infront of our back 4 in place of butt .

  • Obafan

    Oct 8, 2007 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Emre prooved he has so much quality. Lots of you were giving lots of criticism about him on the past years. Partly they were true, but I always had in my mind that he was able to lift us at a higher level, but the managers (Souness and Roeder) weren’t able to get everything out of him, also because of his injuries he had. Now I hope he can have a run of games without injury problems and then we all will see the pure quality Emre has. Just what we needed in our midfield, creative players (and Barton will be in there as well next game so everything looking bright).

  • nightfall

    Oct 8, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #9

    why should we buy edmilson…we have cacapa, rozehna, faye and taylor…even geremi could play as CB…so…why??

    all we need is another LB and a creative midfielder who can also play on the right…


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