Sam Allardyce has defended the way Newcastle have been playing under his guidance this season, and we think heâ€™s right when he says itâ€™s OK to stop the other team playing the game they want to play.
Thatâ€™s obviously part of the tactics as well as going after whatever the other team’s weaknesses may be.
Sam Allardyce – his tactics have been questioned this week
Sam talked this morning before the important away game at Blackburn:
“Resilience is the order, being determined to not let the opposition do what they want to do and to stop them,” “We’re in the business of results, so you’ve got to stop the opposition.â€
“From that position you can then expose your own strength and try and expose their weaknesses. Newcastle have been trying to impose themselves on the opposition for far too long and not winning away from home.”
Sam has not been able to bring out the best in the players he brought in during the summer. So many had no Premiership experience and itâ€™s been a difficult start to his management at Newcastle. Itâ€™s only really been the last 4 games where the results have gone really downhill, though we didnâ€™t do really great before that. If we had decent results these last 4 games weâ€™d be up there near the leaders.
When asked if Sam should be also raising his game, along with the players, Sam continued:
“No, I don’t,” “I know what’s good, I know what’s bad, I know what it takes to win. I know what to do and I’ve been doing it for 17 years.”
“We’ve gone four games without a win, not 10,” “At the end of the day we’re still 11th.”
We need a result at Blackburn today to turn the tide, and a win will no doubt do that. But it will also be interesting to see just how Newcastle play today. It’s important we field an attacking team, so we can get the goals necessary to win. It’s also important that we play players in the positions they are accustomed to. Having Milner andN’Zogbia on the wings as starters today, is also necessary. Why? Because they are the best two wingers we have – it’s as simple as that – this is not rocket science. And if Smith has to start on the bench – so be it.
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