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:
â€œWe have got to stop conceding goals.â€ â€œTo 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.â€
â€œWe have got to get between 10 and 15 clean sheets a year and we have only had two in nine games.â€
â€œIt simply isnâ€™t good enough. We have to make it difficult for the opposition â€“ and certainly we cannot afford to give goals away like we did in our last away match at Manchester City.
â€œAway from home our players have got to take more defensive responsibilities, and I hope thatâ€™s the case at Reading tomorrow.â€
â€œThe 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.â€
â€œWe probably have to be a bit more resilient and understand that weâ€™re playing away from home.â€
As far as clean sheets on the road, Newcastle havenâ€™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 â€“ 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.
â€œWe are not there to be as entertaining as we are at home. Weâ€™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.â€
â€œWe 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.â€
â€œWe need to get our act together and be a different team away from home and be resilient, dogged and difficult to beat.â€
Reading have had some success in the Premiership since they were one of the promoted sides last season. They actually did the double over Samâ€™s Bolton side â€“ so Sam hasnâ€™t had too much success so far when going head to head with wily Reading manager Steve Coppell.
But that also means itâ€™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.