Sam Allardyce seems as frustrated as anybody at Newcastleâ€™s inconsistent form. Good and strong at home but not good at all on the road.
Sometimes it’s just hard to understand why this happens – because obviously the team has proved they are a lot better than the one that played on Saturday at Reading.
And while we thought our defense would keep improving, they fell back again on Saturday and gave away two bad goals.
Sam Allardyce - two cuurrent problems – defensive frailties and away form
The first goal wasnâ€™t too bad since it was a beautiful shot from Kitson, but he had too much time and space for the shot. The second goal was woeful â€“ just awful defending.
Sam will probably change things around at the back but just whether Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal will get back into the side is an unknown. Looks like Sam is not sure what his best 11 is at the moment either.
Sam told the Daily Star.
“I don’t know my strongest 11 just yet, but as each game goes by you get a little closer,”
Newcastle have only failed to win at home against Aston Villa this season so in total have 5 wins and a draw including the win against Barnsley in the Carling Cup. But Newcastle have to get tougher on the road and not be so easy to break down by the opposition.
“We’ve been a dominant force at home and that’s encouraging, but my biggest concern is the away form.”
“It’s important the players take everything we’re telling them on board.”
“We need to become more determined to stop the opposition playing.”
Again, the most interesting thing about the game against Portsmouth on Saturday will be the team Sam selects. If he is consistent he will need to drop some of the defenders. But they may be the best back four we have. However, the season is young and itâ€™s time for some players to stand up and play solidly both at home and away. They’ll be the ones who capture the first team places – especially in defense. After all, most places in the team are still up for grabs.