Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce admitted that Reading were the better side in their 2-1 win earlier today – and he’s right about that.
However, Sam was also on the mark to insist his team should have claimed a point. That’s true, because when you are outplayed but the home side doesnâ€™t take the chances they are offered, and you are level with 6 minutes to go – you should be only too happy to claim the point.
But we didnâ€™t â€“ instead we gave away a goal to Shane Long with schoolboy defending â€“ but perhaps thatâ€™s being just too harsh â€“ to the schoolboys.
Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce – has to be disappointed at the Newcastle defending
Michael Duberry did Newcastle a favor by putting through his own net to put Newcastle level â€“ when they had no reason to be. That canceled out Dave Kitson’s great strike early in the second half and looked to have handed Newcastle a draw they didnâ€™t deserve.
But when you cannot even take a point thatâ€™s handed to you â€“ Newcastle have some problems to attend to next week. Allardyce rightly conceded Newcastle would have been lucky to come away from this game with a point, but the point was there to be taken if Newcastle could have defended reasonably for 6 minutes.
Sam, who has to be disappointed with the defensive display served up by Newcastle, said after the game:
“It is disappointing when you throw it away like that,” “Whether we deserved to be level – and you would probably have to say we didn’t – nevertheless we had got it.â€
“Reading were nervous and it gave us our best spell of the game but if you are going to give stupid goals away like that then you are not going to deserve anything.â€
“It was just such a basic error to concede a goal like that at that stage of the game.â€
“We didn’t deal with the first ball but more importantly didn’t deal with the second either and the young lad comes on, runs behind and scores the winner for them.”
What Sam says id true but the deeper question is how reading outplayed Newcastle for large portions of the game. If we are not going to turn up for these away games we will throw away a lot of points this season – and that will be very disappointing. Sam and hist staff need to get to the bottom of why we are a different team away from St. James’ Park. That’s the real question that emerges from today’s game.
However, this poor display means we just have to beat Portsmouth next Saturday to keep our league position intact – and that will not be easy – but at least we’ll be at home.