Sam was disappointed with Newcastle first half performance on Saturday, when he had been hoping the Newcastle side would be more attacking than they were.
But after form the first half performance Sam was happy with the result and with a little bit of luck Sam thinks Newcastle may even have nicked it in the last 20 minutes, even though we didnâ€™t deserve the win.
Allardyce was at least relieved that United fought their way back into the game.
Sam Allardyce – happy with Newcastle’s fighting spirit
Sam told the Shields Gazette today:
“We’re getting to know more about each other as time goes on, I’m glad to say,” “Certainly we stopped those two defeats on the trot, which was very important.â€
“It was a big point. It was difficult for the players going into this game. They were very nervous, and not just because it was a derby, but because of what’s happened previously away from home.â€
“By losing our last two games we put ourselves under enormous pressure, and in the end we’ve come through with a point.â€ “They showed a lot of fighting spirit and quality when they went a goal down.â€
“For me there’s still work on the defensive unit. Their goal was the only disappointing thing for me.â€ “I had to make changes through injury and suspension, which was a big thing, but players came on and did a job.â€
“We’d have liked to have done much better for the fans, but it was about what we deserved, and no more. We’ve got a point, and we can kick on from here when we come back from the international break.”
Allardyce, having watched his players come back into the game â€“ felt stand-in captain Michael Owen could have even nicked all three points with a 68th-minute chance. Michael aas through ion goal on the left but his weak left-foot shot was easily saved by Craig Gordon.
Sam thinks Owen â€“ like team-mate Mark Viduka â€“ normally only needs one chance, and because of Newcastle’s firepower never felt Newcastle were out of the game.
“Whether we’ve played good, bad or indifferent, we’ve not managed to get a result when we’ve gone a goal down.â€ “But this time we looked a bit more solid and secure.â€
“I thought we were maybe going to get the opportunity to win it, but we couldn’t find the sort of clinical finish we know we’ve got in the side.â€
“Sunderland have to work hard and graft for their goals, which they do exceptionally well. They took full advantage of our mistake to score that goal.â€
“Our players, although they might not be in the game as much, if you gift them with one chance, they’ll score for you normally.â€
“Mark Viduka, Michael Owen, Emre, Joey Barton and James Milner on this occasion â€“ that’s why we’re never really out of a game.”
We just have to hope that this may be a new beginning for the side since we have at least stopped the rot of our terrible previous two performances. We’ll certainly need to do a lot better because we have some strong opponents coming up. But we’ve done well in the past against top teams, so we’ll just have to hope we can raise our game. We think we’ll be able to do that – we certainly hope so.