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 yesterdayâ€™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 Samâ€™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.â€ “Under the circumstances, with our poor away form, I’ve got to be happy.â€
“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.â€
“Sunderland outmuscled us and outbattled us in the first half.â€ “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.â€
“But they lack a cutting edge at the moment â€“ something I saw at Man City â€“ and that was what was so disappointing to me about their goal because I thought we made it far too easy for them.â€
“I thought we all but let them have it.”
Weâ€™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.