Sam Seems Nervous About Upcoming Fixtures


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 we’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.

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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.”

“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.”

“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, there’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 doesn’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.

Comments very welcome.



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14 comments so far

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 12, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle notoriously play well against the better sides, so bring on the top PL sides and see how we perform.

    We have quality players, although not performing as a team. Now they have to, or they’ll be well beaten!

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  • steve

    Nov 12, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Sams nervous – he has a good right to be, we need to start defending further up the field, teams are bypassing our midfield as if it didn’t exist and therefore leaving the defence to cope with everything, overall we’ve been playing poorly.
    Well our lucky fixture list is now over and we now play the big boys and the drop down the table looms. The players have now played 14 games together as well as training together for the last couple of months, it’s time to drop the excuse of new players needing time to gel and start playing.
    It’s hard to see improvement in any area at the moment and this needs to change – is this down to Sams tactics or the players just not being good enough, unfortunately I think the former

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 12, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #3

    I nervous too………….but i have a feeling we’ll pull off a few surprising results.

    PS: I hate these international breaks……..

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  • nightfall

    Nov 12, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #4

    “there you go sam…that’s a winning mentality” wtf?!

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  • indian toon

    Nov 12, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #5

    we need points badly… the top 7 are moving like a pack leaving us behind… we hav to catch and keep pace with them.. we dont us to end our euro hopes after the matches in january…

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  • John

    Nov 12, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #6

    I think our expectation levels are far to high at the moment. I think at the end off the season if were in the top 10 its an improvement on last year is’nt it.

    Our expectations should then move onto another level next year once we have a settled team and board and managment. Look at Martin O neil last year for Villa. They just consolidated there position and club last year after a take over aswell, and now there properly challenging for Europe this year.

    I’m personaly hoping for maybe inter toto cup or top ten finish this year and expecting a real challenge on the top 4 and at least Europe next year.

    Im like every fan, I want success now and to be challenging top 4 but being realistic top 10 would be good and then challenge next year for those places with a big spend in the summer.

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  • wsq

    Nov 12, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #7

    the good teams are going to trash us. it just doesnt make sense. a good team like blackburn got outplayed by man yoo. at least we are consistently poor. rather than poor this week but good the next week. i see an improvement from the yesteryears

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  • John

    Nov 12, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Jesus , your patient

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  • Bill F

    Nov 12, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Nervous!! I should think he is sweating like the guy on that deoderant ad.

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  • Chris M

    Nov 12, 2007 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #10

    John – can i just ask you……

    You said that you would be happy with a top 10 finish. Consolidate and then challenge for the top 4 next year.

    Are you not jumping from stage 1 to stage 4 there? I agree, we need to consolidate and then move forward.

    But if we do not finish in a european spot this year…..we sure as hell wont be having a bash at top 4 next year. It will be the same as this pre-season. you only attract the cream of footie by playing in europe. So no european footie next year = no real challenge next.

    Even with the best possible progress we wont be challenging for top four for a few years to go yet!

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  • Chris M

    Nov 12, 2007 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Definately not a boo boy. But we have been shite to canny shite all season. The fact that we have been winning games 3-1 getting goals has masked the fact that our performances have not been convincing.

    We are just happy when we score goals after that pish last year that we are overlooking mediocre performances.

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  • Leo

    Nov 12, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #12

    not suprised he feels nervous. i would do also. but he will get it right i am sure of this

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  • joe

    Nov 12, 2007 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #13

    wsq damn right you are. Sam will take us forward and we are better than yesteryears under him for sure.

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  • Howie

    Nov 13, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #14

    i remember last year we were in the relegation zone and then we had to play arsenal away reading home and blackburn away and i was extremely worried but we got 7 points so anything could happen in the next few weeks. maybe the fact we will be 2nd favourites in the next few games might help us.

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