Sam – I Know What It Takes To Win

Sam Allardyce has defended the way Newcastle have been playing under his guidance this season, and we think he’s right when he says it’s OK to stop the other team playing the game they want to play.

That’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.”

“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 it’s been a difficult start to his management at Newcastle. It’s only really been the last 4 games where the results have gone really downhill, though we didn’t do really great before that. If we had decent results these last 4 games we’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.

Comments welcome, but please keep the language decent. 😀

13 comments so far

  • Hadrian

    Dec 1, 2007 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #1

    i want to give this man a chance !!! ….
    but everything he say just seems to go against what we want to see on that pitch .
    it’s more “let’s have a draw” talk from allerdyce .

    looking forward to the match , what’s the bet’s on formations tommorow? 😀

  • geordiejordan

    Dec 1, 2007 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #2

    “we’re still 11th” hahahahahaha. you came to nufc to be 11th every year sam??? what another crock of **** from a truly average gaffer

  • Len

    Dec 1, 2007 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Talks a good game. Now show us on the pitch.

  • wsq

    Dec 1, 2007 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #4

    FFS! i can’t believe he’s defending his tactics, what’s wrong with imposing ourselves, there was nothing wrong with the football we played, it was only our defence that needed sorting out. Now with his tactics even our attacking play is nonexistant. Chelsea, Liverpool, Man U, Arsenal impose themselves and they still get results.

    Lets just see.. who’s right, We are not a bunch of fools from Bolton, we are educated supporters.

  • wsq

    Dec 1, 2007 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #5
  • Arty

    Dec 1, 2007 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #6

    It will not take too much for ANY player to show his commitment to the team. Let me explain, take Martins for example ( not for any particular reason ) if he takes a ball in mid field and runs for goal, gets ten yards, is tackled, loses the ball, its usually hands on hips , shake of the head and a trot back to the half way line waiting for the ball again. True? I think so, it happens time and time again. Supporters would have a lot more respect and no room to criticise if he ran back and tried to get the ball back. I DO NOT MEAN LIKE AMIOBI DOES, IE WITH NO INTENTION OF MAKING A TACKLE, JUST SHADOWING THE OTHER PLAYER. If that attitude was taken up with every player in the team an understanding would become evident, and other players would have to cover for the chasing player, it called team work! At least if the team got beat, they would go down fighting and be able to hold their heads up high. For heavens sake no one could ask for more. Look how the faithful cheer when a good hard tackle is made by a defender, the fans love it. Even Titus Bramble got respect from the fans …….when he connected with a good tackle.
    Come on Sam, get it across to the players what is required, maybe starting with one player in the centre of a ring of other players, you know, he holds the training top and tries to get the ball and passes it on to the player who looses it……You know, that kind of training which requires a bit of effort and commitment, it could save your job mate!

  • geordiejordan

    Dec 1, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #7

    alright lads! even i am going to let bygones be bygones. lets get excited for the rovers! liverpool is water under the bridge. HOWAY THE LADS!!!!!! get a result!!

  • Hammy

    Dec 1, 2007 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    All very well “stopping the other team playing to their strengths” but what happens when that fails miserably and there is no apparent plan B.
    I’d have thought we’d be better concentrating on our strengths and let the other team worry about us. Sam had better be careful or he’ll coach himself out of a job.

  • thesilverbck

    Dec 1, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    ffs sftu and and get behind the team

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 1, 2007 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Another lame inteview and manager, our defence isnt the best so you continue to attack and defend from the front to put as little pressure on our defence as we can.

  • Leo

    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #11

    a result against blackburn will do enough to defend his tactics, some on go for it

  • nightfall

    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #12

    sam…you know shit

  • Bryan

    Dec 1, 2007 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Sam says he knows how to win. All I can say is he must be keeping it a secret from his players. Its not always about winning. I will promise Sam this, if our general play and tactics had been ok this season so far he would not of heard a single boo from the Toon Army during the last 4 games. Thats because NUFC fans are fans of good football played by hounest hard working players committed to the club. I am I right or wrong?
    The team putting together more than 2 passes would be great at the moment, never mind a win.


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