Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is desperate to get Newcastle United back to winning ways when they visit Ewood Park on Saturday to play 9th placed Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. Blackburn are just 2 places above Newcastle in the table but a full 5 points clear of the Geordies.
Blackburn also have a league game against Aston Villa at Ewood park this evening. That may turn out be an advantage to Newcastle â€“ we hope so, as weâ€™ll take any advantage we can get for Saturdayâ€™s game.
Sam Allardyce -talks about Newcastle’s amazing fans
Up to 6,000 Geordies are expected to make the trip to Ewood Park, and following on from the disappointment of recent defeats, Big Sam says they deserve something to cheer. Sam told the Evening Chronicle Tuesday:
“We’ll have somewhere between 5-6,000 fans at Blackburn and to have that number is fantastic.â€ “It is just further evidence of the passion our supporters have for their club. It’s amazing.â€
“How many clubs would love to enjoy the kind of backing away from home that Newcastle United gets?â€
“When you find out how many will be travelling across to Blackburn it just makes you more determined to do well for them and that’s something I’ll be reminding everyone of this week in the build up to the game.â€
“After starting the season with a win at Bolton we need to start picking up points again regularly on our travels and that will be the aim on Saturday against a strong Blackburn side.”
Sam and his side can do a lot to put things right at Newcastle with a win against Blackburn and that may not be as out of the question as it first appears.
Big Sam and the players are working hard during the week to see if they can return to their winning ways. But Big Sam will wait a little to see how Abdoulaye Faye (hamstring) and Steven Taylor (back), are recovering from recent injuries before finalizing his squad for the trip to Lancashire. We think a back four of Taylor, Beye, Faye and Enrique would be a strong one and Sam could even switch Taylor with Beye in that back four.
Weâ€™re sure Sam will be working his socks off this week to get some result at Blackburn to start the team moving back up the table and out of the doldrums. He will not be given too much time to start turning the team around. Since this is his dream job, weâ€™re sure he wants to keep it and still come out successful. So do we.
The traveling Newcastle supporters will be cheering on the team on Saturday, weâ€™re sure theyâ€™ll do that â€“ they always do. We’ve known for decades they are the best fans around – there’s just no doubt about that whatsoever. We hope theyâ€™ll be rewarded on Saturday with a win â€“ they certainly deserve it.
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