Allardyce: Newcastle Concede Too Many Goals

Sam Allardyce is drumming home to his players before the Reading game tomorrow that Newcastle still give away too many goals.

In their 5 home games Newcastle have conceded 4 goals, but in the 4 away games the Magpies have conceded 7 goals and have a meager two clean sheets out of 9 league games.

That’s just not good enough as far as Big Sam is concerned.


A suave and slim looking Sam Allardyce last week – we have to get more clean sheets – period.

Sam Allardyce talked about conceding too many goals to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle this afternoon:

“We have got to stop conceding goals.” “To be honest, we have got away with it at home, but unless we turn our season into a clean sheet scenario we are going to slip up somewhere along the line.”

“We have got to get between 10 and 15 clean sheets a year and we have only had two in nine games.”

“It simply isn’t good enough. We have to make it difficult for the opposition – and certainly we cannot afford to give goals away like we did in our last away match at Manchester City.

“Away from home our players have got to take more defensive responsibilities, and I hope that’s the case at Reading tomorrow.”

“The main emphasis has to be on snuffing out the opposition and then we have to capitalize on gaps or weaknesses and any mistakes they might make.”

“We probably have to be a bit more resilient and understand that we’re playing away from home.”

As far as clean sheets on the road, Newcastle haven’t been able to accomplish that since playing Manchester City at Eastlands, almost a year ago, on November 11th of last year – Armistice day. That’s a statistic that certainly needs to be improved if Newcastle are to achieve their ambitions this season, and finish high up in the league and hopefully in the top 6.

That means Newcastle have gone 17 successive games on the road without a clean sheet – something that Newcastle will hopefully end tomorrow at the Madejski Stadium. It turns out that Derby County and Reading have conceded more goals than any other Premiership side this season, with 22 goals conceded. But only 6 of those goals have been conceded by Reading at home in their 5 games, while 16 have been conceded away from the Madejski Stadium.

Sam added:

“We are not there to be as entertaining as we are at home. We’re there to get a good result against a Reading side who are struggling in the division, but are very good at home as well.”

“We will have to be on top of our game defensively and, hopefully, get something out of that and not waste the Spurs result like we did at Derby and Manchester City.”

“We need to get our act together and be a different team away from home and be resilient, dogged and difficult to beat.”

Reading have had some success in the Premiership since they were one of the promoted sides last season. They actually did the double over Sam’s Bolton side – so Sam hasn’t had too much success so far when going head to head with wily Reading manager Steve Coppell.

But that also means it’s time for Sam to have some success, and we hope Newcastle can play tight enough at the back to get all 3 points tomorrow, and a clean sheet would be very nice. Anything less will be a disappointment.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Oct 26, 2007 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Tbh is would be more than happy if we win, i don’t care what the score is.

    Of course if it’s a sloppy goal(s) we give away then i’ll be pretty annoyed.

    Here’s for a win, HOWAY!

  • valle

    Oct 26, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #2

    If Sam cant make the NUFC defense solid, no one can… As it is, i would put my money on Sam.

  • Tripp

    Oct 26, 2007 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Who was our other clean sheet against? The only one I can think of this season is Villains.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 26, 2007 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #4

    the 1-0 against wigan tripp

  • Tripp

    Oct 26, 2007 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Oh, yeah. Thx Magpie.

  • Bill f

    Oct 26, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Sam looks 10 years younger in this pic, the NE air must agree with him.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Oct 27, 2007 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #7

    BSA has soon realized we need to improve as a defensive unit especially away from home. Then take the chances that often come our way during tight away games……

    I’m confident of an away win against Reading and a clean sheet; 0-2 to Newcastle

    Goal scorers could be Smith and Martins, but a win is a win and that’s our priority!

  • Leo

    Oct 27, 2007 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #8

    any goals conceeded is too many goals conceeded. but if we score more than them i couldnt care less.

  • malaysian youngster

    Oct 27, 2007 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #9

    i think we attack very poorly during corner and the ball just simply give back to opponent and we defend it poorly when the players are out of position.we are quite vulnerable when being counter attack especially when we have taylor and rozenhal. but i like how faye and cacapa play much composure.

  • iain

    Oct 27, 2007 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #10

    our poor possesion at times means we give the ball away with players out of position and leave our defence exposed. having butt/geremi together in cm hasnt helped as theres little movement and there not great passer to start with so our passing becomes very predictable at times.

    hope fully havinga cm that can pass will go some way to rectifying it. when barton came on vs spurs it was his mf passing that started the move for our 3rd goal fro minsdie our half.


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