Strange Words From Sam

Big Sam made some surprising statements when he talked to the Evening Chronicle today about what side he will field tomorrow against high flying Portsmouth.

The game tomorrow is at home and he has been quite pleased with the team in general at St. James’ Park this season.

Newcastle have defended reasonably well – and certainly have been able to score goals quite freely, hitting 3 each in the last 3 games at St. James’ Park.


Sam Allardyce – may surprise everybody by keeping an unchanged defense for Portsmouth

Maybe Sam will give the defense a reprieve from last week, but we’ll just have to wait and see what team Sam selects tomorrow. We certainly hope we start with young wingers Milner and N’Zogbia, since Sam has said he will attack against Portsmouth. Both youngsters can be more than a handful for any defense, and they can score goals too.

Sam told the Evening Chronicle this afternoon:

“We’ve brushed up on defending a little bit, but Portsmouth won’t play anything like Reading.” “Reading play direct off a front four while Portsmouth play with one up, so tactically, we have got a completely different scenario to face for the first time at St James’s Park.”

“That is a 4-5-1, a team that allows the opposition to have more ball than them, but sucks you into trying to break them down and then exploits the spaces you leave very quickly.”

“They have a very skilful, quick, counter-attacking style and it has brought Harry three away wins on the trot now, which is something they have not done for a long time.”

“They have got a terrific away record which we have got to be very careful about – but we have also got to be tactically right to break a system we have never played against at St James’s Park.”

Part of the problem we think Sam is facing, is that his new recruits have not seen so many different formations from teams in this league. Even though new players like Beye, Cacapa and Rozehnal have lots of experience, they have never seen the variations of play that occur in the Premiership.

Sam was asked if he would be making changes tomorrow based on the defeat at Reading, Allardyce gave a strange reply:

“Not because of that game, particularly.” “That was an away match and we are playing at home with great confidence, good style, good goal scoring ability, so it’s picking a team that can continue that rather than the disappointment against Reading.”

“Coming to the next away game, we’ll take stock of what happened at Reading when we play Sunderland and then select a side for there based on that poor performance, not the home game. Our form at home has been terrific. Our results have been fantastic and our goal scoring has been great.”

“We don’t want to have any hangovers from Reading and go into the game with confidence to take on a very difficult Portsmouth side.”

Newcastle’s back four was badly exposed by a hard-working and very well organized Reading side, and Allardyce says he has paid particular attention to defending on the training ground this week. But whether he will make any changes in the back line for the home game remains to be seen. We have a feeling he may stick with the same four as last week.

That seems to us to be a little unfair to Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal, who are both just itching to get back in the starting line up. We’ll just have to wait and see on that one.

What do you think? Will Sam change the back four?   If so what do you think the back four will be?

Let’s have your comments and opinions, which are always welcome on this site.

32 comments so far

  • Toon Chicken

    Nov 2, 2007 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s great to see that Sam is analysing every team on their own merits. But I wish we’d focus on our own strengths more, rather than putting so much emphasis on the opponents. Like Reading and Derby – it’s not frigging Man U we’re playing – it’s Pompey and with the greatest respect to them – we should be beating teams like that if we’re going to finish in the top 6/7.

  • Toon Chicken

    Nov 2, 2007 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #2

    I was gonna stick a few quid on 3-2 Toon, Owen to score the first goal – cos I’m going tomorrow. I don’t think I’ll bother now – save me money for beer instead! Just hope I’m not drowning my sorrows 🙁

  • yemozone

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #3

    i’m wit u toon chicken

  • squaretan

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #4

    My friend will be betting on Newcastle United tomorrow. Hope he wins his bet! 🙂

  • Chris

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Aint Fat Boy always the same. Hadn’t even finished reading the interview but i knew the ‘used car salesman lookalike’ would mention himself. Some ego he has.

    It always follows the same auld routine…..complement a manager…….compare yourself to the manager on the certain accolade just given…..ergo complement yourself at the same time.

    Anyway who give a donkey’s schlong as long as he gets us reults.

  • Chris

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Square tan -0 sitick a bet on yourself yer great big wuftie!

  • Teazy

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Starting to worry about some of the things Sam is saying!!! I think he worries too much about the opposition, at home we should surely put our best team out and go for it. We need pace in the team and that means a definite start for Milner and the Zogg, Butt and Barton in the middle, Smith and Oba up front with a back four of Enrique, Beye, Faye and Rozendhal for his pace to counter pompeys counter attacking, and for me Steve Harper in Goal!! I think he has been better than Shay this season.

    Howay the Lads!!

  • wsq

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #8

    toon chicken i agree with you, too much focus is put on negating the powers of opponents. we are only playing in response to other teams tactics, why not the other way round- let them think about us. why are we so negative all of a sudden. i don’t see man yoo worrying about how other people play nor liverpool nor arsenal they just play football. it’s like we don’t have the luxury to do so, so when are we gonna have the luxury to do so? Not even a team filled with stars are good enough to do that?? Pathetic pathetic.

  • joshi

    Nov 2, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Yer to be honest, we need to find our own playing style like the big 4! i hate neutralising other teams with tactics because they are likely to still score however you go about it, and it leaves us in a positional mess and we fall apart.

  • Ashton

    Nov 2, 2007 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Fat sam is just a f*&*ing TWAT !

  • craig chisholm

    Nov 2, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Ashton, it would appear that sam is not as big a twat as you obviously are – knobber. get off our blog ya mackem penis.
    getting back to the original blog, sam answered the entire blog in his first sentence – he will be changing it for sure. when he says “not because of that game particularly” he is saying yes he is changing it. its going to be a hard game for us and our biggest home challaenge so far this season. a narrow win with owen to get the winner, he is due a goal.

  • briss

    Nov 2, 2007 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Big Sam should play Beye, Rozenhal, Faye, Enrique at the back. Cacapa shouldn’t even make the bench after last week! Give Taylor the seat!!! I still think that Martins and Owen should start up front too with Smith, Barton, Milner and Zog in the midfield. ATTACK

  • joshi

    Nov 2, 2007 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Nahhh we need some new direction in attack, smith will be good.

  • valle

    Nov 2, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #14

    This blog is getting ruined by mackems and scum supporters… Sorry Ed, but all this negativity that is floating around the blog every time u make a post is just getting out of hand.

  • SuperShearer

    Nov 2, 2007 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Slight double standards from Sam if you ask me. After the Man City game he dropped Roz and Taylor as they didn’t play well enough, well the same can be said for Cacapa and Faye against Reading. If you make a rule then stick to it Big Man, otherwise you will loose players like Taylor.

  • Leo

    Nov 2, 2007 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #16

    craig chrisholm, loving that insult.

    ashton why do you even bother to go on to toon web sites if your a mackem. surely they have their own sites to look at…? or they not very interesting

  • Leo

    Nov 2, 2007 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #17

    on a side note, a win tomorrow is the most important thing with a couple goals to boot, a clean sheet too

    3-0 is my prediction

  • Alan

    Nov 2, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Lets get a win tomorrow and then look forwards to beating the unwashed next week. Good Luck lads…

  • Dimitri

    Nov 2, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #19

    I did not know there were so many managers amongst you all.. You all seem to know what to do better than Sam… maybe we should have hired you instead?

    Negativism comes from those who write it. Are we forgetting that this is the best season start for 10 years (home record). And the best # of points in 6 years at this stage of the season? That’s not bad as far as I am concerned.

    Don’t expect miracles… its gonna take time to salvage a team that was so poorly managed the last 3/4 years. Injuries are clearing up slowly (some more will come, but am convinced they will get it right). In the next few seasons we will have much less injuries… already a huge improvement.

    Defense has been leaking but this too will improve. It needs time to gel with so many new players coming in… look at the stats of previous seasons… again we are doing better.

    So lets be positive and support our team and the manager… its a much happier feeling that being down 🙂

    My team for tomorrow

    Beye Rozehnal Cacapa Enrique
    Milner Emre Barton N’Zogbia
    Martins Smith

    Owen on 2nd half for martins

  • Ashton

    Nov 2, 2007 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #20

    craig chisholm

    Im not a f*&*ing mackem supporter !
    i was born as Newcastle united fan and Im prode to be
    a toon fan okay you squeaky little bastard
    and i just hate this guy !
    i hate his style i hate his pathetic tactics and of course his favorite type of players you know like big , fat , old , gay etc ..
    i just don’t want to be ” bolton No2 ” supporter !
    its piss me off when i see my team play like shit and lose evry away game in the league !


  • Leo

    Nov 2, 2007 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #21

    DIMitri, you insult people for being wannabe managers then go and do it yourself. slightly confusing, or were you saying that it is good that everyone can have an opinion?

  • Ashton

    Nov 2, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #22


    shut up im talking

    and we will be a joke when we play against likes of man u in old trafford and chelsea in stamford bridge etc .. i mean if we cant win against bloody derby team !! what we will do when we face the big four in the away games ?

    fat sam is a TOSSER

  • gjdevon

    Nov 2, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #23

    gotta agree with some of the comments, we should be trying to win away from home at places like reading and derby, why doesent he use the tactics he used against bolton, score 2 or 3 goals first half, take off a striker and play roz as sweeper?
    I cant see us winning tomorrow against pompey ,unless he uses width to get in behind them (which means using smith with either martins or owen) but we will see tomorrow ……..and i`l be singing and cheering my head off all game to cheer on the lads, just hope that woman 2 rows down from me doesent glare at me cos im too loud again (bitch), !!!

  • Leo

    Nov 2, 2007 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #24

    ashton, you seem to have a personal vendetta against me, something i said. i really couldnt care what you say to me, be sensible

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 3, 2007 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #25

    Many varied comments about BSA and several justified. Team selection against Reading was poor and BSA must take responsibility for it together with the players.

    We must play with minimum one winger (Zog or/AND Milner) from the start against Pompey, then confident we’ll win.

    A win and a clean sheet would be nice……

  • Cathal

    Nov 3, 2007 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #26

    ashton piss off no1 wants ur negative comments on the page. its a blog, not a slagging war! think taylor or rozehnal shud b in instead of cacapa hu had a poor game v reading. will sam start milner, or geremi. and smith or emre or barton??

  • Steve

    Nov 3, 2007 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #27

    Personally would have Rozenhal and Cacapa in the centre, Not a big admirer of Faye myself

  • Magjp

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:37 AM

    Comment #28

    I dont think its a question of finding our playing style. WE KNOW our playing style is 4-4-2. With two wingers is Milner and Nzogbia with whatever combination you want to put in CM. Its not rocket science.
    The thing is Sam is a a bit negative and he doesnt have the balls to drop Geremi. If we have a good defense (which we have), then we dont have to worry much about center mid, we can play Butt and Emre or Butt and Barton doesnt matter. OR, Faye/Emre or Faye/ Barton. But for heavens sake, play Milner and Nzogbia in the wings, thats our STYLE. They are the ones who holds the ball and allow the CM guys to advance and score even when we dont have the likes of Viduka and Smith in attack.
    If the inclusion of Geremi is because he speaks French/Spanish and English, have Enrique and Cacapa learn English!!!

  • Aussie Geordie

    Nov 3, 2007 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #29

    Ashton your a complete tool. You dont deserve to a support the team with that attitude doesn’t matter where you were born. You sound like a complete wanker with nothing positive or even remotely constructive. Ferk off and support someone else 🙂

  • Obafan

    Nov 3, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #30

    Some of you are saying that Cacapa doesn’t deserve to start today. Well I say let him start, everyone can have a bed day and unfortunatelly for us Cacapa had a very bad day last week, but how many times did Taylor make a mistake before he lost his place in the starting line up. So give me a break and let our best pair play, Cacapa and Faye.

  • Craig Allen

    Nov 3, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Obafan, agree in principle .. but Roz had 1 mediocre game and was replaced with Faye so I think it’s only fair that Roz gets given another chance to prove one that 1 mediocre day at the office doesn’t make you a bad player. Would love to see all our defenders play well – and all given fair opportunity to play their hearts out for us. HOWAY! Let’s take all 3 from pompey!

  • craig chisholm

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #32

    ashton, you must be a makem cos you aint a geordie thats for sure. why you slagging sam down for i have no idea. our best start in 11 years to a season and all you do is slag him down. you are nothing but a moaning twat. you could even be the bloke that sits next to me at sjp, he is also negative about everything. perhaps you want to bring back the sexy football of roeder, guillet, dagleish, souness etc, or the mental stability of keegan?? for me, i think we are doing just fine. you people make me puke, we have made massive changes to our club, new players, manager, back room staff, new owner, it goes on and on. this will take time and the most important thing for now is to get points out of games and bring stability to newcastle. i would be happy with top ten all year and finishing 6th or 7th for europe again. thats a realistic target.
    you say you have been a supporter for years but i would argue that we dont need support like yours at the games, i bet you are one of the few that boo owen and any other player whenever you get the chance. do yourself a favor and pop on down to the stadium of shite – you will feel at home there, they sound like your kind of fans, after all, they slag us down non stop too, you will feel right at home.


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