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Big Sam Will Keep Newcastle Attacking

2:55 pm, Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Big Sam talked today about having Newcastle maintain their attacking style at St James’ Park.

Newcastle have yet to be defeated on Tyneside and the game next Monday against Tottenham is not the time to start.

A win then and Newcastle will be in the top 5 and cement a very good start to the season, considering our injuries

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Sam Allardyce - will keep attacking when at home at St. James’ Park


However, our lack of creativity at times this season has been a cause for concern for Newcastle fans – but with Emre and Barton both available for selection we don’t think Sam should be too worried in the area.

Sam, ever keen on statistics said today:

“We had 19 attempts at goal against Everton in our last game, 10 of them on target, and we scored three very good goals in the end.”

“We dominated the last game apart from the start of the second half against Everton but we got control back and kept control.”

“We need to keep on improving defensively and not concede sloppy goals.” “If we can do that it will put us in good stead for the next couple of months.”

“Scoring goals was a problem towards last season but we have laid that to rest.” “Obviously we scored three against Everton and three against West Ham in our last two home games.

“We still have to tighten up at home and away, and defensively we would like to be more solid, it’s an area in which we need to be better.

“The injuries have caused a bit of disruption in the team, but as a squad we have to stick together.”

Allardyce had a good team bonding session last week by sending the remaining squad to Keswick, in the Lake District, for relaxation. The sessions included activities such as orienteering and the players seemed to enjoy their time away.

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Viduka and Harper - Mark: what’s that? Steve: It’s a map, don’t they have them down under?

Sam is right when he says once his coaching and medical team also gets their feet firmly on the ground at the club, it will contribute on the playing side. Sam added:

“With the staff it takes a long time normally but we are doing very well.” We are off to a good start, I am happy with the points tally we have.”

We have to say where we are positioned in the league right now with 4 wins in the first 8 games and only 2 defeats, we think it’s a good position and represents a good start to the season. Considering Sam has introduced so many new players into the first team, it will take a bit of time to settle in. Once that happens, hopefully by December when we have 8 games, we think we will only get better and 3-4 new additions in January will not hurt either.

Comments very welcome.



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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 big pea ov the weab // Oct 16, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    attack is the best form ov defence ……apparently

  • 2 leo // Oct 16, 2007 at 4:26 PM

    viduka “wheres the nearest mcdonalds”

    Harper “you have already had two big mac meals today, you greedy aussie bstard”

    nah am only kidding, ive been really impressed with big dukes, and the aussies are alright i suppose lol

  • 3 Bill F // Oct 16, 2007 at 6:06 PM

    Not so hot at rugby though :)

  • 4 Dingo // Oct 16, 2007 at 7:11 PM

    Ed….. maybe as well as the funny quotes and fit women subjects you can also have a caption competition… just for hoots?

  • 5 Bill F // Oct 16, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Sorry missed the point.

    How about “I Dunno, It’s a get ill card from from someone called Sinead”

  • 6 ToonKing // Oct 16, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Steve :” Okay Mark, pay attention, i’m gonna take position on the northern side of this hill and lay suppressive fire on Baba and Shola while u flank them from the east, got it ??”

    Mark: (starring at his shoes and smiling like and idiot ) ” Uhhhhhhhh yeahhhh sureeee Steveeeeeeee”

  • 7 Len // Oct 17, 2007 at 3:06 AM

    Bill, now that was funny.




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