Big Sam’s Only Concern at Newcastle – Winning

Newcastle have made a good start to the season and now have 17 points from their first 9 starts.

However, Big Sam is still hoping to get to 20 points for the first 10 games after Newcastle visit Reading on Saturday.

When Sam was appointed in May, lots of people were discussing the type of football Sam would play and that it wouldn’t be attractive enough for Newcastle.

Well, Sam is debunking all of that today.


Big Sam – his only concern with matches – how to win the game for Newcastle

Newcastle have now won the last four on the trot at St. James’ Park with three goals in each of their last three home fixtures. In fact the only game we haven’t collected all 3 points for was the good game against Aston Villa who then went onto beat Chelsea 2-0 at Villa Park a couple of weeks later.

Big Sam is obviously pleased to see Newcastle scoring so many goals Sam says he is only interested in winning football matches.

This is what Sam said today:

“I only play winning football,” “I don’t play anything else. If you think it’s sexy, that’s great.” “At the moment, the one thing I’m concerned about is that we can’t keep a clean sheet but when we’re scoring as freely as we are and winning games comfortably, it’s a good thing to be working on.”

“Given where Tottenham have finished in the last two years, they’re a big side with big players, a club that has spent big money over four years,” “But we’ve beaten them comfortably. They’re not quite what they are without the confidence but given the quality that’s there, I’m surprised at where they are.”

“I thought they had turned the corner. I’m glad they haven’t.” “When things are going so badly, you have to attempt to take advantage of their lack of confidence. We took advantage and scored three great goals.”

“We’ve outplayed Tottenham, done what we wanted to do, taken three points and cut the gap in the table.”

The next on the agenda for Sam and Newcastle is the game at Reading on Saturday with a 3pm kick off. What a strange time to start a football game on a Saturday 😀

Anyway, Sam will be busy looking at the Reading side and pinpointing their weaknesses. That will enable Sam and his staff to come up with an effective game plan that can get Newcastle all 3 points on Saturday. That’s exactly what we need and since we are just 2 points behind 4th placed Liverpool, we could potentially jump quite a few places up the league with a win at Reading.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • col

    Oct 23, 2007 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #1

    not a bad concern to have.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 23, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Aye Sam i think playing winning footy is damn sexy !!!!! I don’t care how we play as long as we win games.

  • leo

    Oct 23, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #3

    ive just been watching champions league weekly. and have for a while been watching wagner love, for a while now, and he is such a footballer. got one hell of a shot on him, great pace and strong.

    could newcastle attract him to the premiership???

  • roscoe

    Oct 23, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #4

    cant stop thinking that if we had just beaten flippin Derby we would be 4th with a game in hand over city and manure!!!!

    Come on boys 3 points against Reading and no more slip ups!

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 23, 2007 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Ahaha Wagner Love , we dont need him and he isnt at all strong nor pacey, he is so bloody lucky in games, but he can finish when the chance is presented, id like to see Dudu from CSKA though, bloody strong and a hell of a passer.

  • leo

    Oct 23, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #6

    yeah dudu did look good as well but i dont really know much bout him

  • Kein

    Oct 23, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Yeah..we have to cut the slip ups and we will be fine!

    By the way, does anyone know did Zog get injured or was he substituted for tactical reasons (or for not passing the ball in time)..?

  • col

    Oct 23, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #8

    tactical according to setanta….i dont really think he was at the races myself.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 23, 2007 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Dunno mate, heard it was the flu 🙂

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 23, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #10

    roscoe – time to let the Derby game go mate 🙂

    Life’s too short for what ifs!

  • Graeme

    Oct 23, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Roscoe, we were all gutted to lose at Derby; we all had huge expectations of an easy 3 points!! Just shows, never count your chickens too soon, but its in the past now and time to move on.

    The toon are a much better team today, than they were back then and the future is also much brighter. With BSA talking about strengthening in January, its looking better and better!!!!

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 23, 2007 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Derby schmarby – let’s look towards Reading and come away with points 🙂

    Anyway, I feel the camera & commentators seemed to jump at the opportunity to cut to Sam bellowing orders and they seemed hung up on it for about 10 minutes or so. Kept making snide remarks at Sam. The commentators really need to up their game starting with being unbiased; that’s like the commentating 101 – the basics.

    Loved Jol’s reaction though when Sam caught the ball on the sidelines and took the max amount of time to return it without getting carded. Jol had this look of resignation on his face – threw his arms in the air and complained to assistant – the perfect look to have on his face when his head is the first to go in the cabinet. Sick, but I think we should have a head cabinet for all managers speaking “stupid” before a game only to be proven wrong. Sort of like madam tussaud’s on tyne for heads of coaches making silly remarks before a game.

    Did anyone else notice how Ashley seemed to have really been enjoying himself at the game – everytime the camera cut to him he was grinning.

  • Bill f

    Oct 23, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Looks like Sam is about to burst into song, whats he singing?

    How about “Its raining goals halleleulah”

  • lew Davies

    Oct 23, 2007 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed- we are still on target with you your average two points per game for the season. A win against reading will make it 20 from 10. so at the quarter way through the season mark we are spot on. . . . . . (just got to do the biz on sat?)
    Haway the lads 🙂


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