Sam So Concerned About Newcastle Form

Sam Allardyce talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about his side, who are showing inconsistent form, and are playing like a different team away from St. James’ Park.

What we have to hope for is all 3 points against Portsmouth on Saturday, but that will probably be our biggest test at St. James’ this season so far. Portsmouth are a good side and 2 points above Newcastle in the league table at the moment.

A win of course will leap frog us above Portsmouth in the league.

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Sam Allardyce – needs to educate his new players and have them gel – but quickly


Sam talked today to Luke Edwards of the Newcastle Journal:

“We are very happy with the bunch of players that we’ve got and we are ecstatic at our home form, but the away form is a big concern for us at the moment,”

“It’s not just a problem for Newcastle this season, it’s a deficiency which has been a problem for this club for many years and it is something we have to put right if we are going to be successful.”

“ We can’t keep relying on home wins the whole time, we have to start picking up points on our travels. Once we can do that we will also play with more confidence away from home.”

“We’ve not played well away from home since the games at Bolton and Middlesbrough. We played 4-5-1 in both those games, but we don’t really have the players available to play that way so we’ve gone to 4-4-2.”

“ It’s something we are looking at closely because our next away game is at Sunderland and we don’t want our supporters to go there and leave unhappy. It’s the biggest game of the season for both Newcastle and Sunderland supporters and we don’t want to let ours down.”

The away form since our Middlesbrough draw has been so disappointing. A surrender to the bottom team at Derby County and then we were well beaten in the second half at Manchester City followed by defeat against Reading, who are well below us in the league. In there also is our defeat at Arsenal against the Arsenal reserve side – again we played well in the first half but finally capitulated in the second half with just 10 minutes to go.

Sam went on:

“I wouldn’t say I was shocked by the performance at Reading, but we were disappointed because some of the players do not seem to have grasped the fact that you cannot play the same way in every single game”

“Every game needs different qualities to win it and we have to learn that playing and beating a team like Tottenham, who allow you to play football, is not going to be the same as playing a side like Reading who play in a completely different way.”

“For the foreign players, especially, that is something they have to learn as quickly as possible, but of course it’s going to take a little bit of time.”

“I don’t think there is any league in the world which has more diverse styles than the Premier League. You can play Arsenal one week, who play one way, and then a team like Reading the next that play in a completely different way. That can be hard for foreign players to adapt to, but it’s our job to get them to learn these lessons as quickly as we can.”

“Of course it takes time for a new team with so many defenders from abroad to gel and get used to the variations in English football, but we are trying to speed up that learning process as much as we can.”

We’re in a bit of a time warp right now, because we know it takes time for the new players to gel, but we really do not have much time if we are to finish this season high up in the league, which has to be our target. It’s a bit of a dilemma for Sam and his coaching staff.

The good thing is we only have 3 games in November, so there is time on our side, at least for the next 4 weeks. But then starting December 1st we have 8 games in 33 days. Let’s hope most of our problems have been sorted out by then. There’s a lot of points to be won before the end of the year.

Comments and opinions always welcome.