Newcastle’s captain Geremi has said that during pre-season Sam Allardyce set a target of 15 clean sheets for Newcastle in the league this season.
Sam thinks that if Newcastle can achieve that target then they can finish in the top five this season.
After 10 games we have kept just 2 clean sheets, against Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic and we also kept a clean sheet in the Carling Cup against Barnsley. Not nearly enough to meet Sam’s target.
Geremi – Sam set 15 clean sheets as target for the season – we’re nowhere near that
If we are to meet Samâ€™s target, then Newcastle need 13 clean sheets in the remaining 28 league games, almost a clean sheet every 2 games. Possible but very difficult.
The Cameroon international admits Newcastle still have a long way to go to achieve that feat and knows an improvement in performances away from St James’ Park is also necessary following the woeful defeat at Reading.
“The manager has told us on more than one occasion that, if we are to finish in the top five this season, we are going to have to keep 15 clean sheets.â€
“At the moment, we don’t really look like getting anywhere near that figure.â€
“We’re a long way off that target, and nobody in the team is defending as well as they can do. If we want to start improving our away form, the first thing we’re going to have to do is keep a clean sheet.â€
“But we haven’t done that in any of our away games this season.”
Samâ€™s right about clean sheets because basically it says that if we can keep a clean sheet regularly weâ€™ll be a very hard side to beat. We also know we have the players up front who donâ€™t find it too difficult to score. So we think building the team from the defense forward is the right thing to do. Something no manager at Newcastle has even attempted since before Kevin Keeganâ€™s time at the club.
We do think we now have the players to do it â€“ itâ€™s just having them form the cohesive unit necessary â€“ but please cut out those stupid mistakes. As Sam said yesterday, those stupid goals are just soul destroying. We’re sure fans will agree with that!
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