It’s looking more and more like Big Sam will not make too many changes to the team for today’s important game against Portsmouth at St. James’ Park.
Sam is worried about the team’s away form but has been happy with the club’s home form having won 4 of our 5 league games at St. James’ and drawn the other one.
Looks like changes will be made for the Sunderland derby game next Saturday, but exactly what those will be we have no idea at the moment.
Sam Allardyce – seems confident but wants all 3 points today
Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about the Portsmouth game:
â€œMaybe away from home, changing things might be an option, but at home weâ€™ve been brilliant, so you look at that and pick the best side to beat Portsmouth
â€œThe past is the past, we canâ€™t do anything about Reading. The only past we should be thinking about is our home form. In the past weâ€™ve been extremely good at home.â€
â€œIn the last three home games, we have scored three goals in each. We should have that in mind, not the negativity of a poor away performance at Reading. Weâ€™ll worry about the away form when it becomes Sunderland away and not do so now.”
“Itâ€™s carry on as it has been at St Jamesâ€™s Park.â€
Sam is fairly happy with the progress Newcastle have made since the start of the season, even though he thinks the team should have about 4 more points than they currently have.
â€œWeâ€™ve had 10 games, 17 points and that is slightly ahead of what I expected. Thatâ€™s pretty good, but we want to relieve the pressure on having to win at home every time we play, because thatâ€™s going to be impossible, by stabilizing away results.â€
â€œ Boro, we should have won, that was realistic. Derby we should have come away with at least a draw, same at Reading. An extra four points would make a massive difference to our league position.â€
Newcastle have yet to play any of the top 4 teams so we would expect to have done quite well as far as our points total goes. The next two home games are against Liverpool and Arsenal, so both games will be big tests of Newcastleâ€™s home form.
â€œWe go into the next five games and, like everybody, the bigger the team the more it challenges the players.”
” I believe these five games will bring out the best performances in my players. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m expecting.â€
First things first though, and it’s so important that we keep up our good home form and also try to tighten up the defense today. Three points is what we need, nothing less than that will be good enough.