Sam – Newcastle Players Were Very Nervous

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 didn’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.”

“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.”

“By losing our last two games we put ourselves under enormous pressure, and in the end we’ve come through with a point.” “They showed a lot of fighting spirit and quality when they went a goal down.”

“For me there’s still work on the defensive unit. Their goal was the only disappointing thing for me.” “I had to make changes through injury and suspension, which was a big thing, but players came on and did a job.”

“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 – 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 – like team-mate Mark Viduka – normally only needs one chance, and because of Newcastle’s firepower never felt Newcastle were out of the game.

Allardyce added:

“Whether we’ve played good, bad or indifferent, we’ve not managed to get a result when we’ve gone a goal down.” “But this time we looked a bit more solid and secure.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Mark Viduka, Michael Owen, Emre, Joey Barton and James Milner on this occasion – 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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Ashton

    Nov 12, 2007 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh here we go more excuses and the same bollshit
    fat sam is a muppit ashley should sack him in jan
    and get one smart manager who can play attractive and nice football

  • Leo

    Nov 12, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #2

    its strange how we have leaked more goals than we did last season, although i think we have a stronger defence, we have lacked givens ability to stop the impossible shots.

    and with his problems with his groin it will take alot of work for him to be back to that level of greatness.

  • joe

    Nov 12, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes ashton and ashley will employ you to do the job i guess? Well good luck with it.

  • Chris M

    Nov 12, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Shut it Fatty!!!!!

    Not nervous……..just try fooking shite!!!!!

    Its one thing saying we had to stop the two defeats in a row….. but christ we should not be in a position to be saying that kind of poop-talk.

  • Jacob

    Nov 12, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #5

    I wish BSA had played Martins from the start. I don’t know if it’s my imagination or not, but Owen doesn’t even look as if he wants to play for the team any more. On top of this, Oba looked as sick as a parrot when brought on with only seven minutes to make a difference…which he nearly did!! To be fair though Viduka didn’t get a sniff all game, and as a result of his usual lengthy injury lay-off looked well off the pace. I accept there’re not many better finishers in the game than EMO, but I feel Martin’s pace can destroy any defence – no matter how tight…and for this reason HE should be the first name on the team sheet.

  • NashvilleGeordie

    Nov 13, 2007 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #6

    I have to agree that Viduka did nothing, really, the whole game. I know he can be the kind of player that can loaf along and then score a brilliant goal, but am I alone in thinking we could have had more firepower with more Oba?

  • Reb

    Nov 13, 2007 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Jacob — Oba looked sick because he was. Apparently, he was out of training most of the week because he was sick, which is likely why he played so little and didn’t start. Viduka looked well off fitness, IMO, and I wish Oba had been fit so we could have seen another Martins/Owen run out.

    Don’t see why everyone says Owen looks like he’s not interested. He was doing a lot of work from what I saw — dropping so deep he was practically a midfielder for portions of the match. His finishing wasn’t up to his usual snuff, but I won’t criticise the lad’s workrate.

  • Stami

    Nov 13, 2007 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8

    what is this? attack Sam day??? horrible to see how fast supporters turn on their Manager…


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