Sam Allardyce seemed quite annoyed today, when he spoke about the game on Saturday.
But Newcastle dished up their worst display of the season in front of 52,000 fanatical home fans and were down 3-0 after just 11 minutes.
One great goal and two gifts were how Portsmouth found themselves so far ahead after so little playing time on Saturday.
The Geordie crowd were stunned at the ineptitude of the home defense – and that is probably the understatement of the season.
Sam Allardyce – ability alone not good enough in Premiership
Sam talked about the game today:
“You cannot play football on ability alone. Sometimes we play football or rely on our ability too much to win a game of football. But you need much, much more than that.â€
“I don’t think anybody really had that good a game, the lads themselves know that.â€ “Week in, week out, you cannot have a day off in this league. You have got to go to your full extent every single game.â€
“You have got to stick to the basics, and if you don’t do that as a side you will never be resilient, you will never look organized, and you will never be a good side in possession or a difficult side to break down when out of possession.â€
“Because we went 3-0 down so early, a lot of the players lost their discipline and shape. We became very ragged and ultimately, we lost our football and passing game.â€ “We created very little in the second half because we lost our shape and discipline.”
Newcastle have kept their season alive by successive home victories over Wigan, West Ham, Everton and Tottenham but the wheels came off on Saturday. It will hard to get them back on before Saturday against Sunderland, but that’s what Sam and his staff will be trying to do this week in training.
But the way in which Newcastleâ€™s defense completely disintegrated on Saturday, has to have loyal fans wondering how many more times they’ll see the defense give way under the slightest pressure.
If Saturday is anything to go by, then nothing much seems to have changed from the last couple of years – at least as far as our defense is concerned. We wonder which one will turn up for the next game, just like the last few seasons.
“We were looking very comfortable playing at home and defensively we were allowing our attacking flair players to go and create and score goals.â€
“But it has all gone out of the window. It’s back to basics and back to square one. It’s back to rolling our sleeves up and digging in.â€ “It doesn’t need somebody like me, who has been in the game a long time, to say it was virtually put beyond our reach in the space of 12 minutes.â€
“Two defensive errors made life extremely difficult for us, and, of course, one wonder goal to begin with.â€ “We felt a little sorry for ourselves because they scored such a wonderful goal, and unless we get basic defending right, then life will be difficult for us.”
We don’t want to be too hard on the players but the Newcastle team let the fans down on Saturday – big time. It’s not good to have players, some of whom earn more in a year than most working men earn in a lifetime, serve up their wares in such a sloppy and seemingly uncaring way. The Newcastle fans are the best in the country by far, and they will not put up with this kind of sloppiness.
The sooner that gets through loud and clear to the players – the better for everyone concerned. They are paid big money to serve up some big displays. We are waiting.