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Sam – Newcastle Need More Shutouts

11:40 am, Monday, October 15th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Sam Allardyce has mentioned a few times that the team with the most shutouts during a season is usually the team that wins the Premiership.

You can never accuse Newcastle, in the last several years, of having a decent defense and we don’t get too many shutouts as a result.

But this year Sam has already challenged the team that he wants 10 shutouts in the league. Obviously being able to defend is vitally important, especially when you go 1-0 up and even more so when it’s away from home.

Just look how many 1-0 wins Chelsea had in their Premiership winning seasons, and only recently Manchester United won 6 games on the trot – winning each game 1-0.

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Sam Allardyce - we need much tighter defense

Big Sam says that it’s his job to make Newcastle a much harder outfit to break down, especially away from St.James’ Park. Sam told nufc.co.uk today:

“We are still conceding too many goals, especially away from home,” “That’s my main area of concern. We have not kept a single clean sheet away from home.”

“It did not matter at Bolton on the opening day because we scored three goals and won the game but we can’t afford to keep doing that.”

“The Man City game was the perfect example. We could not hold on to draw, even though we went a goal up. We have to play a bit tighter when we are a goal up.”

“It’s been a problem for Newcastle teams in the past. It’s something we have to get right if we are going to be successful.”

We shouldn’t have conceded 2 goals in the last game with Everton. A 3-1 win would have been much better. But was a bit of a howler from Shay Given that he managed to turn the ball into his own net right at the death, when the ball was drifting wide. That also points out the poor communication in the defense, but they’re all new players across the back four, so that will take a little time, to be fair.

We’ve had just 3 clean sheets in our first 10 games with 2 of those in the league. But we’ve conceded in every one of our last 5 games, so a win and a clean sheet would be very welcome against Tottenham next Monday night. Then we face Reading away, on the following Saturday.  Reading don’t exactly have the best attack in the league, though they are a very tough team to play. Maybe we can squeeze a clean sheet in that game too, and at least a point.

Comments very welcome.



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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sinaed // Oct 15, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    I hope Big Sam is not having a pop at Shay…..he is the best keeper in ye world and ye half the luck of the Irish that he’s played so long for ye’s.
    Shay has another younger brother called Mally and another brother called Seamus…..I tink if ye played these two at centre half and sweeper, ye would never consede any goals as Shay has known them all he’s life and has a kind a
    physic link wit them.
    Any who they both play at Sligo city and I tink £10 million would tie them up on 5 year deals…….
    That would be me dream……….aahhhh Shay.

  • 2 Howie // Oct 15, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    shud get 4 points from those 2 games anyway and hopefully only concede 0 or 1 goal in those games

  • 3 leo // Oct 15, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    given

    beye given given enrique

    milner barton emre nzogbia

    martins owen

    haha what a strange team that would look

  • 4 Cockney Magpie // Oct 15, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Ed, is there anywhere online i can see the princes trust match goals?
    i wanna see shearers hat trick! :D

  • 5 Ashton // Oct 15, 2007 at 4:40 PM

    Given is shit
    harper is better then him
    at least harper not scoring goals against his own team

    Howay our best goalie” Steve Harper “

  • 6 Bill F // Oct 15, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Leo I have a suspicion that some one is taking the pee out of dear Sinead if indeed she is a real person.

    Going on Sams reckoning if we had 38 shutouts, but didn’t score any goals in the process, we could be relegated.

  • 7 valle // Oct 15, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Following our little discussion with Man City fans last friday i have been searching the net for an estimated Nufc worldwide fanbase number… no luck tho, can anyone help me?

  • 8 Bill F // Oct 15, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Valle Would that include the MC fans who are really wannabee Toon fans.:)

  • 9 Dingo // Oct 15, 2007 at 5:41 PM

    I have to say the Spurs game is going to be really really tough…. they are a great team, but have been desperately unlucky with thier start to the season. A stumbling block for us in my opinion.

  • 10 Sinead // Oct 15, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Ashton..and you call yourself a toon fan.

  • 11 Sinead // Oct 15, 2007 at 6:51 PM

    Sinaed..£10 million..do ya want to give them a stroke up there. Kevin Doyle and Shane Long went to Reading from Cork City for an undisclosed fee, as a package kinda for what was believed to be about 78 grand. Roy O Donovan went from Cork City to Sunderland for a record transfer fee of €500,000 which can increase to €1 million depending on appearances for club and country. The word million doesn’t really come in to it. LOL.

  • 12 valle // Oct 15, 2007 at 9:02 PM

    Hehe, NUFC only have true supporters i reckon… No wannabees ;)

  • 13 evil dick // Oct 16, 2007 at 12:17 AM

    yea I’d love to see shearers hatrick too, anyone got any links?

  • 14 geno toon // Oct 16, 2007 at 3:57 AM

    if you guys really think this is an attack on Shay your idiots…. it was a statment directed at the whole defense. I hope you guys are not dense enough to believe that it is only the goalie’s fault… this train of thinking is not going to make the defense play better together. This is a new defense that is not use to playing together and have not done so regularly at all. Sam is testing players in spots and he should have a good idea by now who is best in which position.

  • 15 George // Oct 16, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Toatlly agree with the Gaffa, we do need more shut outs, but how are we going to do that when he drops an inform goalie for Shay Given who scores an own goal.
    I rate Given very highly, but Harper was outstanding and did not deserve to be dropped, so what has this master stroke by Sam Allerdyce done to Harpers confidence.

  • 16 valle // Oct 16, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    George… The problem is that we know that Harper loves NUFC enough to stay, even if he only get the odd 10 games a season and more if Given are injured. Given however will want to start whenever he is ready and will move on if he dosnt, so if Sam wants to keep BOTH keepers he will be Kinda forced to start with Given… When that is said, i would say that when both keepers are on their absolute best, Given is a tad better, so in the end it will all make sense.

  • 17 Ashton // Oct 16, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    Bill F

    are you trying to be funny like ” Hahaha look at me im such a funny irish arse ” if you are trying to do that will just stop it because you are too naive to be a comedian

    Sinead
    yes im a toon fan
    but you who do you support is it Arsenal or Man city or maybe Reading cause they have many irish players ?
    i know one thing about you that you are not a toon fan at all maybe given’s fan but toon i don’t think so .

  • 18 Bill F // Oct 16, 2007 at 3:53 PM

    Ashton sorry but I don’t fully understand what you are saying. Humour is a very subjective thing that some people appreciate others don’t and we all have different tastes. If you don’t like mine well thats fine by me I certainly won’t call you an a*sehole if you don’t. And I was born and bred on Tyneside and supported the Toon all of my (quite long) life. Also if you read some of the latest blogs you will find that Sinead does not really exist, do you?




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