Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has admitted today that Newcastleâ€˜s away form is now a huge concern for him.
Thatâ€™s not surprising, because the Newcastle that played at Reading yesterday, bore absolutely no resemblance to the team that easily beat Tottenham 3-1 at St. Jamesâ€™ Park on Monday night.
Sam Allardyce – disappointed his players did not produce the goods
Newcastle have lost their last 3 away games and spurned 11 points from their last 4 away games, since beating Bolton on the first day of the season 3-1. Itâ€™s interesting that Newcastleâ€™s next away game is at Sunderland â€“ a game that we just have to show up for.
Allardyce said today:
“Our away form is obviously a huge concern after this result because a point, after the fact that we had lost the previous two away games, would have been very nice and given â€œus a bit of confidence.
“Now we get ever more edgy as time goes on because we have not been able to get a result away from home.â€
“It is all very well playing well at home but sometimes away from home you have got to be able to dig in and we didn’t do that.”
Newcastle were outplayed by Reading for most of the game but should have captured an unlikely point when Michael Duberry gifted Newcastle an equalizer with just 15 minutes to go. But Newcastle still couldnâ€™t hold onto that either and duly gave away a terrible goal from a simple high ball played into the box.
Apparently it was Reading’s best performance of the season and was hailed by manager Steve Coppell as like “seeing an old friend”. Allardyce was rightly disappointed in his players, after he had used a video of West Ham’s success at the Madejski Stadium as a blueprint to beat the Royals.
“The players should have been well aware of what they needed to do by the amount of time we spent through the week saying ‘this is Reading.â€ “We showed them the video where West Ham won by three goals by playing on the break but we never did that.â€
“We just kept giving possession away and gave the opposition another chance to put the ball in our box so it was really disappointing. We ended up chasing them too much.”
The next two games will be important for Newcastleâ€™s season. Next Saturday at home to a strong Portsmouth side, and then an away game at Sunderland. 6 points from those 2 games will see us well positioned â€“ but thatâ€™s probably just a dream right now.
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