Sam Allardyce Delighted with Tottenham Win

Sam Allardyce was interviewed by Setanta Sports after the game tonight, and seemed very satisfied with the win.

Sam thought the first half was very like the Everton game but with Newcastle having the better of the chances.

He was pleased when Oba Martins finally got Newcastle ahead within a minute of the interval. It was a good opportunist goal by Oba and a great through ball by Enrique that caused Dawson all kinds of trouble.


Sam Allardyce – pleased with win but another poor goal conceded

The second goal on 52 minutes was a set play Newcastle worked continuously on the training ground. Cacapa, who was deservedly man of the match, headed it in powerfully giving the goalkeeper no chance at all. In fact Faye had hit the post with a similar near post header in the first half and Spurs seemed unable to defend against Newcastle’s set plays tonight..

Sam was however, very disappointed with the Spurs goal the defense conceded, and thought the defense still has to tighten up because the good sides will punish Newcastle for that slackness.

Sam said that after some 10 minutes are so of some good Tottenham play after their goal Newcastle saw the game off rather easily and had broken Spurs’ spirit. Sam was obviously pleased to also see young Milner get his first goal for the club this season.

Sam mentioned it was the 3rd game in a row that Newcastle had scored 3 goals and he was pleased with the way the team seemed to be able to break down the opposition. Sam then talked about how he always tried to pinpoint the opposition’s weaknesses before games and create a game plan to play to their weakness. But he added he didn’t want to take the obvious flair out of the side.

When asked about Joey Barton finally coming on for the first time this season, Sam laughed and said Joey had been a a pain in the neck when out injured. Joey’s been pestering everybody at the club about what he needed to do to get back as quickly as possible.

But Sam finished by saying Joey, the rest of the team and indeed himself will go back home tonight very happy. Once Joey gets into action Sam said he would make Newcastle a much better team.

Well done the lads and well done Sam – job done – now for Reading on Saturday.

11 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Any news on Zog ??? why was he taken off? , hope it’s nothing serious……..

  • john75

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Great team performance. Thougth some of the passing was a bit slack and the balls two the front two were on the whole ineffective, but defensively and as a squad, we were really together and controlled spurs really well. Really hope spurs stick with Jol so that they will be playing i the championship next season and then they really will be a different class to us.

  • Craig F

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ve just got back from the match, obviously very pleased with the result and performance! I have to say though i’m shocked at how bad Spurs were. They couldn’t pass, they rarely threatened our goal and they were all over the place at the back. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Jol is gone in the morning, they were that bad!

    I also thought Owen was poor again – like I said last time i posted on here he doesn’t fit Newcastle’s way of playing, his lack of strength and any real pace make him a passenger for long spells which we can’t afford against a top side. Spurs however certainly aren’t a top side on this showing!

  • ToonMadRich

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Setanta said it was tactical – for taking Zog off. I watched the match on TV, and I got to say although it took a while to get the goal well looked well in control in the first half. Good to see the lads make Jol eat his words, after saying we’re not in the same league as Spurs, we certainly proved him wrong 😀
    The fact it took Jol 3 attempts to get Berbatov up out his seat to warm up shows how much the players are behind him!!!
    Enough about them, our lads looked solid at the back, I underestimated Faye he was a rock tonight along side Cacapa. Was good to see Beye and The bull getting forward too.

    Howay the lads !!!

  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Owen was poor cause the partnership with Martins is not working, he needs to play of a big man.

  • Matt

    Oct 23, 2007 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Zog was taken off cause he has the flu.

    Owen was pretty typical of himself, anonymous for the most part but when given a chance he was very stiff to be denied in the first half.

    I too was frustrated at some of the passing towards the front two in the first half, as aerial balls were continually played at them. Only when our boys ran at the defenders with the ball did we look seriously threatening.

    As for spurs, they were shocking. Berbatov is clearly their best forward, and yet he’s on the bench just because they payed over the odds for Bent. Also when he came on I thought Lennon looked very good. His run down our left wing towards the end was worrying as he practically walked past 3 of our players before Faye got a foot in.

  • Bill f

    Oct 23, 2007 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Could never understand why some idiot thought Bent was worth 16m. Even if Jol was thinking in Euro’s it is over the top.

  • Aussie geordie

    Oct 23, 2007 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #8

    I think its ferkin great we kicked there ass. The only goal we conceded was a very flukey one and at this point our back four are looking very solid. I hope we can follow this up with a good game against Reading as it would be shame to lose simply as we are away.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 23, 2007 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Craig F – exactly how many bottles of dog do you drink before you go to the match? I only ask because you seem to be watching the game through bleary eyes. Granted Owen didn’t have the best game – mainly due to the fact the the service to him was pretty poor and he didn’t see much of the ball. That said, his movement – the way he always finds space and creates space for those around him, and his distribution of the ball are second to none. Oba could do a lot worse than watch some DVD’s of MO. Oba did well to latch on to that ball and eventually score last night but his all-round play is so much more frustrating than Owen, and he will no doubt find himself on the bench more often than not when Owen is fit because of that.

    It seems like you have already made your mind up on Owen and almost take satisfaction in anything other than an outstanding performance from him. The simple fact of the matter is that he is one of the best goalscorers in the world, and I for one am delighted he is in our squad. Maybe you’d enjoy the match more if you started looking for positives elsewhere, rather than the same old negatives week in week out.

  • Josh

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Go chicken!

  • leo

    Oct 23, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #11

    so any news on nzogbia???

    cant wait for the reading game. is it on sky anywhere in england?


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