Sam – We Made it Too Easy for Sunderland

Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce left the Stadium of Light yesterday a relieved man, obviously pleased his team had managed to avoid defeat against rivals Sunderland, after they had been outplayed for large portions of yesterday’s game.

A defeat yesterday for Newcastle would have been catastrophic because the gossip papers, starting today, would have had a field day asking for Sam’s head.


Sam Allardyce – pleased Newcastle able to get a point yesterday

Big Sam had taken in the game last week at Manchester City and in that game Sunderland certainly seemed to lack a cutting edge and that made Sam even more annoyed that Newcastle gave away another sloppy goal yesterday.

After the 1-1 draw with Sunderland, a relieved Big Sam said:

“It’s important not to lose a derby and we haven’t.” “Under the circumstances, with our poor away form, I’ve got to be happy.”

“This really was a game we couldn’t afford to lose and to come back from a goal down for the first time this season is pleasing.”

“Sunderland outmuscled us and outbattled us in the first half.” “They put pressure on us with Kenwyne Jones, who is a difficult player to handle and there’s no doubt that the first half was theirs.”

“But they lack a cutting edge at the moment – something I saw at Man City – and that was what was so disappointing to me about their goal because I thought we made it far too easy for them.”

“I thought we all but let them have it.”

We’re not sure when out defense will tighten up, but we’ve got to hope that it’s soon. Certainly when you look at the individual players they are good so Sam has to quickly get a combination that will work well together.

Time is not particularly on our side right now, as we have to start picking up points to keep us up with the leaders. West Ham United have gone above us in the league after their 5-0 demolition of Derby County at Pride Park, in which a certain Mr. Nobby Solano scored, and looked brilliant for the Hammers.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Nov 11, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1

    play the damn 4-4-2 sam… play the palyer’s in their rightful positions… now dont put out a defensive team against liverpool ar we are gonna get banged..

  • adam

    Nov 11, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #2

    where do i start….
    zoggy at left back, milner at left wing, viduka FULL 90!, barton where?!.
    it was hard watching that game for most of it being outclassed by a sunderland team with players life higginbottom, etuhu, leadbitter. i mean common, these guys are hoperless and we made em look like they can play.

  • indian toon

    Nov 11, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #3

    viduka could hav been subbed and smith and martins could hav played front.. also get barton out switch milner’s flank and get enrique in at leftback and could have moved zog onto the wing. barton could hav easily been red carded and possibly could have cost us the match.. he needs to control his temper a bit… btw he aint match fit either…

  • Aussie Geordie

    Nov 11, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Zog did well at left back. He was the most attacking midfielder we had which is a sad comment on the rest of the boys. I want to see Martins though. I’ve seen Owen and now I am not that impressed. Tha should be sams opinion as well. Give him a go ya mug.

  • Michael

    Nov 11, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #5

    What is concerning with Newcastle is we are neither keeping clean sheets nor scoring goals. All this speculation of Owen to man city, Let him go he is certainly only interested in England and a fantasist’s return to Liverpool who do not want him. I am annoyed in the lack of flair players going forward, and a lack of pace in mid. In the past pace was an asset but now it is a necessity. A Sunderland defense
    gifted us a goal of which without, we would have lost. That is the first goal scored by a Newcastle player in how many games??? since Totenham. Worrying is it not considering we have Owen, Viduka and Martins a team. If Owen is not prepared to explicitly declare his commitment to Newcastle then let him go.

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Nov 11, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Barton was caught in possession more than once yest. 3rd below par performance in as many starts, isn’t it?

    Emre, Zog, Milner need to see more of the ball, it will lift the game to a whole new level.

    And for Fawkes sake, Owen no longer has the pace, if BS is playing a Big-man-Small-man front combo, it needs to be Viduka and Martins.

  • adam

    Nov 11, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #7

    i think michael owen was one of our better players against the scum. made some runs, tried to hold it up and pass it, got into scoring pos and got stuck in a few times. do we not remember harps long ball to owen and him taking on two players resulting in a shot, or zoggys cross to owen for a save from gordon. considering this and the shit hes getting from mid its quite good.

  • adam

    Nov 11, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #8

    but i also think martins is our best striker

  • indian toon

    Nov 11, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #9

    @ yet_another_indian_toon dude.. change u r name.. it’s too similar to mine.. btw where in india.!!?

  • Leo

    Nov 11, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #10

    yeah i agree with most comments that BSA should start playing to our strengths, play players in the correct positions.

    and keep to your word sam, owen has done pretty much nothing, therefore he surely dropped himself and oba should be given his fair turn upfront.

  • yh

    Nov 11, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeah the talk about Owen not getting service…
    Then let somebody who has the ability to create something out of nothing (Martins) play! I mean, we all know Owen is a poacher.

    Yeah, and Viduka definitely CANNOT last 90 minutes, of course he’s an asset (although some don’t think so…) but he’s not young anymore. Wouldn’t mind seeing Smith upfront.

  • wsq

    Nov 11, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Sometimes the problem is not in defence, it’s the way we play that’s putting too much pressure on the defence almost for the full 90mins. they can’t get settled, we need to improve our ball retention and possession, we need to get the ball down and stay calm don’t panic.

    DONT PANIC! If we can’t get service upfront there has to be something wrong, it means we can’t get hold of the ball into the dangerous positions to provide service, and that means the ball is going to be 95% of the time in our area!

  • toonbully

    Nov 11, 2007 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #13

    watching the mackems game was all too painful . Yet again we gave the opposoition all the space in the midfield and yet again Sam plays his back four in different positions , I feel for Taylor he shouldn’t be at right back he’s shouting orders to the rest of the back four as if he shoul;d be back in his rightful place.

    Sunderland out played us for 80 % of the game , we were beaten by Derby who have just beeen slaughtered by an average West Ham unit full of ex – newcastle stars . Beaten convincingly by Pompey , and abjectly showed no defence at Reading .
    Dear Sam , when are you going to sort out the back four and the midfield , whch used to be one of the strongest in the premiership .
    Otherwise I seriously see us in the bottom 6 by Christmas , lack of confidence could make us spiral .. Can someone give me some hope ????


  • Reb

    Nov 11, 2007 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Michael — Owen has declared, explicitly, that he is staying at Newcastle. He said it straight in an interview just after his third child was born late last month (sorry, can’t remember the exact date). I don’t know what more you want than the lad coming right out and saying he’s happy at the club and wants to stay, that the rumors about him leaving are rubbish.

    I want to see Owen & Martins against Liverpool. At this point, Liverpool’s back four (especially the two center backs) are fairly slow and I think the combination could do quite well. Assuming Newcastle doesn’t get played off the pitch in the midfield.

  • joe

    Nov 12, 2007 at 4:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Michael are you sven in disguise? Im sorry but owens already said he wants to stay here. I’d tell you what.. You can buy shola ameobi instead ok? Hes almost as good as michael and you can have him for a MERE 8 MILLION POUNDS!! Now thats a good deal aint it? 😉

  • Michael

    Nov 12, 2007 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Michael Owen has made “tacit suggestions” he is happy. That hardly sounds explicit. TO come out and say I am happy at Newcastle is hardly stating you want to stay. In truth we should leave big Sam to his devices.

    We the Newcastle supporters do not know what is good for the club and as such we are calling for drastic action and or making our own suggestions as to what formation and who Sam plays on the day. The Masses are always wrong and we do not know what is good for us. What may help is to get behind our team and support big Sam. Booing and hissing does not help anyone. Even though villas, man citys, west hams, blackburns, portsmouths are moving away form us.

    We must admit, our fight is not with Manchester united, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool; but with the former teams I have mentioned. IT is going to be a dog fight to beat even man city, We are where we are because it is what we can achieve. The sooner we admit it, the sooner a result like Saturday would be acceptable.


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