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.â€
“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.â€
“We’ve waited to get him to the right level, and that was a tremendous performance you saw in the defensive unit today.â€
“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 thatâ€™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 didnâ€™t stop the lads from pushing on to win the game, thanks to the terrific support of the fanatical Newcastle fans â€“ 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 wasnâ€™t pretty â€“ but a victory is a victory. Well done lads,Â for the guts and commitment, in difficult circumstances.