Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce was pleased to see his side break Tottenhamâ€™s six game unbeaten run, even though they have made a poor start to the season in the Premier league.
Big Sam saw excellent goals from Oba Martins, Claudio Cacapa and James Milner finally demoralize a poor and sometimes dispirited Tottenham side. Itâ€™s more accurate to say the Spurs side were weak in defense and very vulnerable on the night.
Sam said tonight following the game:
“There was some superb football and some superb finishing from a side that’s growing in confidence week by week.â€ “I’m very pleased with the progress of the side.”
“We had the disruption of the international break and injuries meaning people missing from the team, and then going and playing a very talented Tottenham side – but tonight Spurs were only ever in the game after we scored the second.â€
“We got a little sloppy and allowed them back in the game, but once we put the third in we saw the game out extremely well.”
Allardyce thought the confidence of Newcastle was important against a Spurs team that looked very weak in central defense and not surprisingly short on confidence. But the team prevailed again in the last 30 minutes of a game they finally won comfortably.
“When things are going bad for them we’ve got to try and prey on that lack of confidence,” “You could see their confidence draining on the first goal.â€
“When we scored our second they seemed to lose their fear and got back in the game. But they couldn’t keep it up.â€
“We’ve scored three great goals tonight. We’ve outplayed Tottenham.”
“We’ve done what we wanted to do and got three points to get us back a point behind the top pack.â€
“We’ve still got the big teams to come we’ve still to play them – but in terms of where Tottenham have finished in the last two years they are a big side with big players, and we’ve beaten them comfortably, 3-1.”
In the end the game was won quite comfortably and it was surprisingly like the Everton game. Everton were only in the game when they scored in the second half and similarly tonight. You have to give the lads credit after finding themselves only 2-1 up after seemingly having the game won. But they didn’t panic and James Milner took the opportunity to score another great goal for the club.
James doesn’t seem to like the easy tap ins for his goals. He scored with a wonderful left footed volley from outside the penalty area that gave the Tottenham goalkeeper no chance. In fact goalkeeper Cerny had no chance with any of the goals and lacked protection from the central defenders in front of him. Poor Michael Dawson had a bit of a howler for Spurs.
But from a Newcastle viewpoint it was a solid win after a most boring first half, only brought to life by Oba’s excellent opportunist goal. This boy was a menace to Spurs and he’s going to score lots of goals for Newcastle – so get used to those somersaults. :D.