Sam – We Need Every Point We Can Get

Sam Allardyce has challenged his Newcastle players go on an unbeaten run, with the hard earned 1-1 draw against Sunderland on Saturday, the first game of an unbeaten run.

Before Saturday, Newcastle had lost two successive games and had played very poorly against both Reading away, and then against Pompey at home, in their first home defeat of the season, when they were taken apart by Portsmouth on 3rd November.


Sam Allardyce – wants to start an unbeaten run – don’t we all

Newcastle are now positioned 11th in the Premier League with just 18 points and Allardyce is well aware their position could and probably should have been better, given the teams Newcastle have played in their first 12 games. Not one of the teams have been the top four. Big Sam believes the points total could have been better had they managed to turn some of their defeats into draws. Well that’s certainly true – but so what?

That’s all would coulda shoulda and it’s all water under the bridge now. It’s what could have happened but didn’t. We’ve got 18 points from our first 12 games, and that’s all that matters. Is that good?   It’s not as good as a lot of us had hoped for – but it is what it is.

Liverpool are Newcastle’s next opponents and they’ve had their best start to the Premier league since Rafa Benitez took over the team in June,  2004. That game will take place with an early kick off at 12:45 pm and take place on Saturday, 24th November.

Sam Allardyce is trying his hardest to make Newcastle much harder to beat, as indeed we were in the first four games of the season. However, you are not hard to beat when you keep giving stupid goals away, which Newcastle have done in the last 8 league games.

Big Sam said last night:

“The object now is to go undefeated again.”“My directive to the players is that we play every game and try to go as many games, even if there are a few draws in there.”

“The odd point here and there added to the total we have now, it could be into the 20s with just two or three draws rather than defeats.”

“But it is still the best start we have had, we are still nine points ahead of what we had at this time last year.”

That’s all good but the players just have to understand how important our 9 games before January 2nd next year.  They will be much harder than we’ve had so far, and six of those teams are in the top 7 of the league right now.

The good way to look at it is the team should be gelling more – but how long have we been saying that?  But let’s keep the faith, the next date on the calendar is November 24th against Liverpool, and we can certainly win that game.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 13, 2007 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #1

    These 9 games are going to be really tough so let’s get behind BSA and the team. There are no easy games in the PL but playing the top-4 is special, especially when your name is Newcastle United and the game at SJP.

    We are a decent PL side but need to recover our status as a top PL side and break-up the Top-4. This won’t happen this season, but can happen if we support the team, the manager and give him adequate time to get it right.

    It also needs Ashley to spend some cash on quality players as you can’t rebuild a PL side for only £10M?

  • Len

    Nov 13, 2007 at 4:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Insightful stuff from BS. I am getting the feeling BS is spending more time managing his PR than the team. “We need every point we can get” and “first game of an unbeaten run” sounds like a relegation battle and tells us a draw is going to be a great result. One point from next three games may well be a great result. Anybody know what the most goals against NUFC at SJP is? Even if Wenger plays the academy side Arsenal must be in with a shout for that record.

  • adam

    Nov 13, 2007 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #3

    i agree Len. sam i talking and making noise way to often for my liking. maybe it because he now understands the pressure of managing newcastle and that after a few BAD results a target is put over his head, so he thinks that by saying all of this we would calm down. im actually getting more worried about sam after every game, because to be honest we shouldv lost against the scum which wouldve made alot more people question him.

  • Espen

    Nov 13, 2007 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #4

    We’re in the middle of the league and have yet to play the big 4. Terrible start of the season! Bring in Beye, Geremi and Martins asap, playing Taylor at full back, Smith in the centre of the pitch and Owen on top is nonsense. The only reason why they are picked is that they are all english, unfortunately. Grow up and open your eyes, BSA.

  • Aussie Geordie

    Nov 13, 2007 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #5

    I like your thoughts Espen. Geremi was not spectacular but obviously did his job well as we have been no where near as solid at back and Smith has not done enough to earn his place in theteam. Owen neither. Yes he is good but he aint playing great and depsite the two goals he will get playing internationally Martins should start against Viduka with Owen coming on to join jim later in the game not replace him.

  • Stami

    Nov 13, 2007 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Martins should be used a whole lot more i think! as for BSA, i am STILL 100% behind him! i will keep supporting him until he gives me a VERY GOOD reason not to! losing a few games on the trot is not good form. a 1-4 defeat is certainly an unexpected result at home! but this STILL no reason to be getting all Anti BSA! All teams go through rough patches where everything doesnt seem to go your way! but we will recover from that!


  • Bill F

    Nov 13, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    I would hate to see an unbeaten run of draws, 5 wins and 4 defeats would be much more beneficial. I think Sam ought to get himself a really good foreign assistant similar to Fergies.

  • Leo

    Nov 13, 2007 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #8

    i really really really cant wait to see given back fully fit, and not scared to push into the mix. also duff cant wait for him being back also

  • Andreas

    Nov 13, 2007 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Bill F – agreed. Even 6 losses and 3 wins will be equal to 9 draws (goal difference set aside i migth add) which i unfortunetly feel would be regarded as a “good run” by BSA. We should play to win, not play to not to loose!

    I’m not ready to call for BSA’s head just yet, but we’ll see in a while – time will tell i guess.


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