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?
Thatâ€™s all would coulda shoulda and itâ€™s all water under the bridge now. It’s what could have happened but didn’t. Weâ€™ve got 18 points from our first 12 games, and thatâ€™s all that matters. Is that good? Â Itâ€™s not as good as a lot of us had hoped for â€“ but it is what it is.
Liverpool are Newcastleâ€™s next opponents and theyâ€™ve had their best start to the Premier league since Rafa Benitez took over the team in June,Â 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.â€“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.â€
“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.â€
“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.Â 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?Â But let’s keep the faith, the next date on the calendar is November 24th against Liverpool, and we can certainly win that game.