Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce spoke today after his side had been completely outplayed and out fought by a very good Portsmouth side at St. James’ Park today.
Sam seems to have taken full responsibility for the defeat since he says any side he puts out is an extension of himself.
And Sam seems to agree that Newcastle’s play was as bad as we thought, and for the second week running, some terrible schoolboy defending has cost us all 3 points.
Sam Allardyce – completely devastated by woeful Newcastle display
Sam talked after the game:
“Disappointed is an understatement,” “I’m devastated by what’s happened here today. I’m completely gutted inside.â€“What I put out on the field of play is an extension of me.”
“Players have to keep their shape and use their discipline and abilities, make sure they help their mates and use their talents in the right areas. Today that didn’t happen.â€
“We lost all our discipline, shape and organisation, and going chasing lost causes means you lose deeper and harder.â€
Newcastle were beaten in the first 11 minutes when they went 3-0 down with some terrible and pathetic defending. We thought it couldn’t get much worse than last week against Reading but were proved wrong very quickly this afternoon. Newcastle were up against perhaps the best team they have played this season.
Portsmouth were simply far too good for Newcastle on the day, and the score, if anything could have been worse from Newcastle’s viewpoint. Portsmouth might have had a penalty when David Rozehnal clearly handled in the penalty box in the first half.
“We were our own worst enemy today. The basic errors from the back four have to be cut out. You have to play as a unit, and the biggest unit of all has to be the back four.â€
“If it’s great play by the opposition then you hold your hands up, but when it boils down to two basic errors there’s very little that a manager can do. Their first goal was a stunning, stunning goal, but after that it was basic errors.”
“It’s not just the defence. It’s about the protection of the back four. The front men’s responsibility is to pressurise the opposition, and the midfield has to stop the attacks from the opposition.â€
“We had a lot of experienced Premier League players out there today – but they didn’t use that experience.â€ “We lost the game in those first 12 minutes. “We lost the game in the shortest period of time ever since I’ve been here. When you go 1-0 down – to a goal you couldn’t do much about – you make sure you don’t go 2-0 down.â€
“But we then gifted Portsmouth two more goals and even though we had a spirited comeback, and created some opportunities, and made David James show what a good goalkeeper he is, it was much too late.â€
“We cannot carry on defending like that. For the first time, our defensive frailties have slipped into a game at St. James’ Park – and that’s the reason we’ve lost.”
Certainly the first goal was just a terrific goal that will be up there for goal of the season. It was just a terrific drive from 30 yards by Pamarot.
So it’s got to be all hands to the pump for Newcastle this week – and it’s the defense that’s causing all kinds of concern. Cacapa was just not in the game and was rightly taken off by Big Sam early in the first half. To his credit David Rozehnal came on and had a strong game for Newcastle trying to stop the tide of Portsmouth’s goals.
Only Faye this season has looked the part completelty at the back for Newcastle. With the team playing so badly what will happen at Sunderland next Saturday is anybody’s guess.