Newcastle in the end came out with a point in todayâ€™s derby at the Stadium of Light against North East rivals Sunderland, and given the previous two defeats it was a reasonable result for Newcastle.
The main thing is that Newcastle werenâ€™t beaten and came back quite well after going a goal down.
Big Sam – we must cut out these silly mistakes at the back
Thatâ€™s the good news â€“ the bad news is that it was another very poor goal to give away and we cannot go on conceding these stupid goals.
Sam again talked about how the Newcastle defense has to improve.
â€œWe canâ€™t keep making silly mistakes at the backâ€ â€œIt was a silly goal to give away.â€
â€œFirst a silly pass from one center-half to the other, then we should have cleared the ball for a throw-in not a corner – and then we allow them to score from there.â€
â€œSet-pieces decide most games and we were punished there.â€
However, for most of the game Newcastle’s defense was quite solid. Big Sam was also pleased with his sideâ€™s reaction after conceding the goal, and felt Newcastle deserved a point and maybe more. Sam continued:
â€œYes, I donâ€™t see why we donâ€™t deserve a point because of the response from going a goal down.”
â€œWe had a fear which pepped our game after conceding the goal, and we might have even won it at the end.â€â€œWe havenâ€™t lost which is very important.â€
The main thing is that Newcastle didn’t lose, but while they could have won the game with a little luck, they didn’t deserve to win, and Sunderland were the better side. But Sam has survived a defeat, which would have been catastrophic for Newcastle at this stage of the season. It would have also been 3 defeats in a row.
Newcastle can also hopefully build on this point, since it has stopped the rot.