Newcastle Need More Great Support on Wednesday

Sam Allardyce has rightly thanked the traveling Newcastle fans for their magnificent support yesterday at Ewood Park, where the Newcastle faithful supported the team from the moment they arrived in the ground until they left.

While they couldn’t have been too happy at the result, the performance of the team was a gutsy one and the players certainly fought for the full 90 minutes.


Sam Allardyce – rightly thanked the Newcastle fans for their support yesterday

More than 7,000 Geordie faithful made the trip to Lancashire and got behind their team from start to finish, and were in really good voice, as usual. The TV commentators commented on just how good the Newcastle supporters were yesterday, and in an excellent show of support for their beleaguered manager, it was good to hear chants of “Big Sam’s Black and White Army” echo around Ewood Park.

Afterwards, the Newcastle manager went out of his way to praise the Newcastle fans, and called on everyone to again get behind the lads when Arsenal come to St.James’ Park on Wednesday night:

“I have to say thanks to all those fans who made the journey,” “It is really difficult to take after the support we had, that we got nothing from the game.”

“The fans were magnificent today and if they get behind us again against Arsenal on then I’m sure we’ll stand a great chance of getting a result.”

After Blackburn had missed a couple of good chances in the first half Newcastle surprisingly took the lead just after half time when a free kick by Geremi was nicely headed beyond Brad Friedel by Oba Martins. But as has happened so many times this season, Newcastle couldn’t hold onto the lead and Blackburn were level within 7 minutes, and the Lancashire club went on to claim all 3 points.

But Big Sam was pleased with the overall performance of his team, adding:

“It was a terrific effort and we had lots of opportunities to win but this is the Premier League and it is a cruel place.”“We were in control of game for long periods but unfortunately we fell foul of being caught on the break. That is the disappointing thing for me.”

“When we got in front, instead of going 2-0 up we went 1-1. At that particular time Charles N’Zogbia had a chance to make it 2-0 but was wrongly ruled offside.”

“They go up the other and score. While I am bitterly upset at the result, the performance was excellent.”

We think the Newcastle fans will be just as vocal on Wednesday evening, when the great new Arsenal team are the visitors. Whether we can get a result on the night is anybody’s guess, but with the same fighting qualities we showed yesterday – anything is possible.

Comments always welcome.

30 comments so far

  • scott 9

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

    i cant wait for the game on wednesday we realy need to get behind the and big sam we should sing all the way throught the game lets show our support for big sam .

  • Graeme

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    I watched the match in Lagos and thought we were ok. I dont understand all this crap about Shearer taking over if we dont win on wednesday.

    Shearer has absolutely ZERO experience of football management other than book theory. Its a disaster waiting to happen. FFS give the manager a chance, he’s only been there 5 minutes.

  • Leo

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #3

    i dont think our goal was suprising though… we deserved nothing else. deserved more than losing, great fans and good proformance from the players, which is nice to see

  • ToonKing

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #4

    yes we deserved the draw at least, but it was that kind of game. it could have been a easily a different scoreline, Zog was onside, our penalty was denied we missed a few screamers…if we could get at least 1 point off the Arses it would be massive and then the next 4 games are a must win for Sam.

  • billy

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #5

    graeme how much experience did keegan have?got to give sam more time though

  • indian toon

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #6

    to hell with optimism.. it will be another 6-0 washout.

  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 2, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Viduka has to start against Arsenal – Oba missed a couple of glorious chances against Arsenal last time out and he missed two complete sitters against Blackburn yesterday. No one seemed to comment on the one yesterday because N’Zog was given offside but Oba didn’t know that and he totally mugged himself – that has to be one of the biggest misses of all time – worse that Ronnie Rosentals.

    Start with Viduka and Smith and bring Oba on if we need to.

  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 2, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Has anyone heard about Oba’s quit threats?

  • ToonKing

    Dec 2, 2007 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Well the Gooners will be whit out van Persie, Hleb and Fabregas on wednesday so who knows….we might stand a chance.

  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 2, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Yep and we always seem to play better against the good teams (Liverpool being the exception).

    Dunno what IT is on about – another 6-0 washout? Spose that’s the beauty of this blog – complete idiots who know nothing about football have the same chance to put their point of view across as anyone else.

  • Bill f

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Toon Chicken, I agree he is a pratt but as you say even pratts can have their say.

    Even when we play well we just don’t get the lucky breaks thats needed, hopefully it will even out at some point.

  • scott 9

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #12

    i would maybe try playing viduka smith and martins up front that could be a good combination

  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Stoke City away then – pretty happy about that 🙂

    For a minute there I thought we were gonna get Chelski again.

  • ToonJon

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    We’ve got STOKE in the FA CUP away.

  • ToonKing

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Yep finally some luck…..Stoke City is good. 🙂

    I was certain were gonna get the big boys again…but thankfully Aston Villa had a little Toon luck this time.

  • God

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #16

    I would have rather had them at home, but it could have been worse. Just let us not be one of the shocks of the round. Whats the bet that the Beeb show our match in the hope that it will be.

  • God

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #17

    D*mn it (oops sorry) Forgot to change back to my alter-ego again.

  • Eve

    Dec 2, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #18

    The papers are saying that if Newcastle loose against Arsenal Sam will be sacked.

    So no pressure then. All they have to do, apparently, is beat Arsenal who happen to be in amazing form. LOL!! Not a bother.

  • Ross

    Dec 2, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #19

    he wont be sacked if we lose to arsenal.
    yesterday we were incredibly unlucky, we deserved at least a point.
    arsenal, i dont think anyone is expecting us to get a result. i’d love us to, even just a point, ever optimistic, but i dunno if we will.
    should we get nothing from the 4 games following arsenal..then the papers will have something to write about.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 2, 2007 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #20

    shearer has zero management experience , what are we playing at.
    its not like we’ve had a manager with no experience before thats done well for us …. ohh wait .
    shearer’s seen enough in his time to know the score , with backing from the owner , shearer will have the money and influence to bring in some quality .
    think we can all sefely say sams job is safe for the arsenal match , its the 4 games after that will get him the sack f we perform badly in them .

  • Eve

    Dec 2, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #21 inexperienced manager is risky. There’s good results like Keane, and then they’re bad ones, like Steve Staunton, but he was an international coach, that is a different story.

    Shearer was a brilliant player, a Toon legend, but I don’t know what kind of affect that’ll have on the boys there. It’s one thing for the ones who’ve only came in this season or even last season, but what about the likes of Given and Harper, there’s a personal relationship there that you can’t shrug off like. Would they take him seriously as a manager (I don’t mean that as an insult), if you know what I mean.
    It would have been like Keane taking over Man U when he retired. It wasn’t going to happen, it wasn’t being realistic like. There’s a line you’ve to draw between being a manager and one of the lads. And personally I don’t know if Shearer could do that.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 2, 2007 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #22

    if shearer becomes manager then berbtov ill jump on the next bus to the toon.

  • toonoholic

    Dec 2, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #23

    i was glad with the performance but not so with the outcome . Truly hard-luck , they played with their hearts ,as though their lives dependended on it. Even Geremi , our most crappy player , looked above average against a shaky blackburn.

    I dont know whether i should calll this over-optimism or whatever, if the lads play their heart and soul out at home , i might fancy the 5 match draught to finally end.

    However, if things turn ugly ,the last thing we would want to see is sam sacked , that would mean another 2 seasons gone for manager to get in the groove.


    signing off A HAPPY INDIAN TOON , who has been understood the North Eastern Culture for a decade now !

  • toonoholic

    Dec 2, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #24

    been understanding *

  • toonoholic

    Dec 2, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #25

    * signing off A HAPPY INDIAN TOON , who has been understanding the North Eastern Culture for a decade now !

  • Dragoner

    Dec 2, 2007 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #26

    @ Hadrian

    “ohh Ed , that ahmed what’s his face write that shit article to try and wind us up on perpose .
    i was bloody livid ready the shite he wrote , what the hell does he know sitting over in pakistan writing about a team he’s got no clue about or a culture he cannot fathom .
    if he was face to face while i was reading that tripe i woulda stuck one on him and showed him geordie culture first hand”

    what an idiotic and pathetic statement that is, grow up

  • Dirk

    Dec 2, 2007 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #27

    if newcastle played like that every match then that is how we can reach the top 6 no problem, ony problem lol is sam needs to keep playing the team like that!

  • Bill f

    Dec 2, 2007 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #29

    You’re right Dragoner, but who are we to try and deny someone the right to make bigotted, zenophobic, abusive comments about a fellow Toon supporter even if he is talking cr*p.

  • nightfall

    Dec 3, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #30

    why not shearer… he played for england, years and years in EPL as a captain, had so many different managers…i think he knows more about managing football club then we think… he’s got charisma, players all respect him, he knows how to motivate…he was a motor for NUFC so many years…he thinks logically (unlike sam with tactics and comments)…and he can convince better players to join us…


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