Sam Allardyce is starting to face up to the reality that Newcastle will shortly start to play some of the good teams in the Premier league.
Up to this point we have done only reasonably well, but as people keep pointing out weâ€™ve played none of the top 4 teams yet, and we probably should have more than the 18 points we have from our first 12 league games. We lie 11th in the league just above Reading.
We’ll soon start to play the better teams and we entertain Liverpool at home on 24th November in our next game.
Big Sam – fixture list though end of the year is daunting
Then starting on December 1st we have 8 league games ending on 2nd January, so the games are about to come thick and fast,
In fact Newcastle are about to face six of the top seven clubs in the next 10 league games, and Sam Allardyce seems to be getting a little nervous that the team haven’t got enough points in the league, after a very easy first 12 league fixtures.
Sam Allardyce said today:
“We have been moving forward very quickly. We have been sprinting at high intensity from day one – and I mean me and the staff, not the players – but we need to buy time with good results.â€
“I think we could have done a little better because fixtures have been kind. Looking at the upcoming fixtures, the next couple of months are massive for us.â€
“But with nine players in and 11 out it is not easy to be a successful unit right away, which is why I am pleased with where we are.”
Well, thereâ€™s not much anybody can do right now other than face up to what’s ahead. The players will need to up their game because of the coming challenge. The team has played 14 first class games now this season and been together over 10 weeks so we should be better than when we started.
Sam is obviously trying to lower expectations, but the mood of the Newcastle fans right now is one of concern, especially after the last 3 games, in which we have hardly covered ourselves in glory. If we continue to make defensive mistakes like we’ve been doing, we could be taken to the cleaners in some of these games.
This is crunch time, but it doesnâ€™t say we cannot do well. We usually play very well against good teams, especially at St. James’ Park. But some players will need to wake up and start giving of their very best over the next six or seven weeks. That’s what Newcastle need right now – for the players to stand up and be counted.
A great example of that was Faye on Saturday, especially in the first half. He was simply magnificent at the back for Newcastle, winning every 50-50 ball and showing real commitment for the Newcastle cause. It was inspiring to watch him. But the defense as a whole just has to tighten up, and not leak goals like we’ve been doing – otherwise we could have a few catastrophes lying ahead.
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