The woeful defeat at Reading on Saturday was Newcastle’s fourth consecutive away defeat. Newcastle fans seem to be getting a little frustrated at Big Samâ€™s over cautious approach to away fixtures.
Fans think there is too much focus on defending and many thought that Charles N’Zogbia and James Milner should have been in his starting team at the Madejski Stadium.
However, Big Sam is still fuming about that second goal we gave away on Saturday – which was soul destroying – to say the least.
Sam Allardyce – is the manager over cautious for our away games?
Certainly when the the two wingers were brought on in the second half, the Newcastle team looked a lot more balanced, and certainly more attack-minded. We expect both to start against Portsmouth, when we expect Newcastle to attack from the very first whistle.
Sam told Miles Starforth of the Shields Gazette today:
Weâ€™ve put huge pressure on ourselves after back to back (home) wins to win another home game, and put ourselves back in the picture at the top end.”
“I find it really disappointing that we’ve left ourselves in that position.”
“We won’t win every game at home. We’ve got to get points away from home, and it was an ideal opportunity to put one in the bag. We scored in the 76th minute and had 14 minutes to see out.â€
“But we committed suicide by conceding a very basic goal, really, that we should deal with 99 times out of 100, or 999 times out of a 1,000.”
“We would have been three games undefeated, and broken the problem away from home by getting one point, but the goal we’ve conceded has made life extremely difficult.”
Sam’s right about not being to win all the home games – although we can always give it a try. But even if we do win at home against Portsmouth this Saturday, we’ll not know when our away form problem is fixed. We always seem to do well against Portsmouth and another win at home is not beyond our capabilities – so we have to expect that on Saturday.
Then our next away game is at Sunderland the following Saturday – a good time to get our second away win of the season?Â Oh yes, we think so.