Magpies Need Committed Performance Against Arsenal

Sam Allardyce talked about the game against Blackburn on Saturday this morning to the Newcastle Journal.

While the first half was a cagey one for both sides at Ewood Park on Saturday, once the second half got under way it was clear that both teams were going for the jugular.


Oba Martins – Newcastle’s leading scorer with 6 goals

A good 47th minute goal from Oba Martins, his 6th of the season, set the stage for what was a most exciting second half, even though we ended up on the wrong side of a 3-1 defeat. There was no doubting the commitment of Newcastle’s players on Saturday, and with a little luck it could have turned out to be the win all dedicated Newcastle fans around the world were hoping for.

Sam talked about the game to the Newcastle journal today:

“The players gave their all at Blackburn and I can’t ask for more than that,” “I just hope it’s the same again against Arsenal because if we’re playing like that, the fans will be right behind us.”

“If we give a committed performance, like we did at Blackburn, there won’t be a problem with the fans. The effort and commitment was there and it was hard to take the result.”

“That’s what we’re playing for, results and points. But we’ve got to take the positives. We have to keep that belief and confidence.”

“We felt it for the first time against Liverpool, but you have to accept whatever comes your way as a professional,” “You can’t let it affect you. You have to perform under pressure.”

“We’ve got two big home games on the trot, and we’ve got to make sure we get something out of them. If we can do that it will lift everyone before the Christmas period.”

The new players that have come into the team are finding out there is some pressure being a Newcastle United player, because the fans demand 100% in every game. And they have every right to demand that, since there is a hard work ethic on Tyneside that goes back to the coal mining days of the past.

Sam will be finding out about the characters of the new boys, and anybody who cannot perform under the intense pressure at St. James’ Park, will not have a future at the club. We are now finding out exactly who those players may be.

Comments very welcome.

14 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Dec 3, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    we need to get geremi outta the team. apart from the set play’s the guy is of no use to us. he is very flat footed. need width on the wings. mostly arsenal will attack through the central midfield as our central defence is poor.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 3, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    apart from the set plays? i think ive seen one or two on target . geremi is there to interperate for sams second and third choice signings .
    arsenal are gonna slaughter us , then sam’s job lie’s with the brumy game , if we lose that then sam’s gone before xmas .

  • indian toon

    Dec 3, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    with some many arsenal star’s injured. we could get a draw at most.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 3, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    he has such a strong squad tho IT , look at the CC cup . they turned us over with kids .
    cant see a few injurys affecting them tbh ,

  • indian toon

    Dec 3, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    we MUST play our strongest strenghth . i’e passin the ball on the ground and playin winger;s on the flanks. and play proper midfielder’s who are actually midfielder’s by profession.

  • Big Gaz

    Dec 3, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Yet again I come onto this website to ask people to “Give him a bit of time” BSA WILL be here for the forseable future and hopefully a very bright one. We have got some great backroom staff who will help him OK some of his signing have not been great (Geremi Rozenhall) but at least they were not expensive ones (Boumsong Luque).

    My only concern is that whilst trying to attract top quality players this January, who wants to come to a team that is floating around in the bottom half of the league. Even the likes of Villa who are sh**e are in the top half and doing well.

    Fingers crossed for Wednesday night, but then after that the games look like we could be picking up more point home and away. Good cup run should keep fans happy. but will propbably beat Stoke then get Man Utd away and get stuffed.

    Lets get behind the lads. Come on TOON ! ! !

  • Eve

    Dec 3, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #7


    On paper..our backs are poor, our mids aren’t that strong and the strikers up front are lucky if they can get a shot or two on goal.

    Not to mention that Arsenal have a strong enough defense, one of the best mids in the game in Fabregas..or is he injured, well it’s not to much of a blow to them if he is, it’s better for us obviously. Then up front, they’re like a goal scoring machine, litteraly. They are not on top for no reason. They’ve a really good team and a really good second string team and hell their third string team beat us there a while ago.

    So what?? Acording to what I’ve just said we’ve got one of the best teams at the moment in the premiership, who out play us in every outfield position on the field and we’ve got our keeper, who I presume will be Given standing between Arsenal and the net..sounds absolutley doomed.

    Well, on paper, that’s how it is. But nothings impossible obviously, we’ve pulled it out of the bag against Arsenal a couple of times, like last year when we drew with them, when Given played an absolute blinder and they only scored from the magic that was a free from Henry’s boot.

    To get any sort of result against Arsenal, we need our defenders to play well, we’ll need Given (I presume it’ll be Given to play to his best which he tends to do against Arsenal anyway), our team needs to play together and fight for every ball. To not give them any time with it. I saw Smith start it at United so many times, now if he can inspire massive Man U names to chase down the ball, not give them an inch, then I’m sure he should be able to do the same for us, that match where they really worked and faught for every inch of grass they won that it 7- 1 when most thought they’d loose. And it wasn’t from individual skill that they won it, it was from work rate and then the skill.
    Birgmingham did it yesterday when they beat Spurs. Keane has his players doing it on a regular case.

    I don’t see why we can’t do it. If we win (don’t ask me how) against Arsenal Sam’s job is safe (for the time being) but if we loose badly, then he’ll have till Christmas at the most. It’s down to the players though. (unless he starts ridiculious team and
    What we can’t do is go out there and sit back, we can’t afford to just sit there and defend if we do, they will kill us and we wont get near their goal.

  • indian toon

    Dec 3, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #8

    i hav a feelin sam wil be playin for a draw. the match will defenitely will be defence minded. well it all depends on the startin 11.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 3, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9

    arsenal are going to cut thru our back line like a knife .
    if sam plays for draw again at SJP , ill take back my previous statement of his job being safe till the brummy game .
    if sam line’s up for a draw , he will have sealed his fate and be packing his bags come wednesday night .

  • Eve

    Dec 3, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #10

    It will be defense minded. I hate to say it but like look at Sunderland they go out and ya fine they might concede and loose but not once this season have I seen them sit back and not go for it (that said I’ve only seen highlights of most of their matches). That’s the only way you’ll score goals and that’s why we see them constantly scoring goals in the 90 plus minute.

    Big Sam, I can see him try and weasel his way out of the situation, why is it that Big Sam has had this job for a shorter time then Keane, is higher (barley) on the table and has more experience and have won more matches then Sunderland, why is it that we are calling for Big Sam’s head and I haven’t heard a whisper of Keane being sacked. Cause he’s open he’s honest and they always go out and try and he’s (supposedly) building up a force. Sam isn’t open, he isn’t honest. He’s constantly playing mind games, saying he’s the psychological edge over Wenger over Rafa, yet we still loose.

    At the end of the day, unless we pull of a hell of a miracle it’ll end up being Arsenal against Given for the 90 mins, it’s happened before. It’ll probally happen again.

  • Vin De Guerre

    Dec 3, 2007 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #11

    If there is one person who knows how to put a spanner into our finely oiled machine, it is Fat Sam! He knows only too well how to use under achievers and limited options to stop our flow!

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 3, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #12

    The thing that worries me about BSA is he seems to concentate on the opposition too much instead of letting the Toon play their game.

    Saturday for the first time maybe since the Bolton game we actually played football, passed the ball around made good runs and movement was better.

    OK consider stiffling teams like Arsenal because they are playing brilliant football but playing against lesser teams put out a formation and players that can play some football.

    Also pick a back 4 and try and stick to it, I’m not suprised we aren’t to good at the back with different cb/fb’s each game not giving the players a chance to gel and get used to each other and form understandings, same thing is happening up front and even in the middle.

    It’s about time you picked your best team and try to stick to it.

    I know injuries don’t help but thats life !!!!!

  • Hadrian

    Dec 3, 2007 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #13

    obafan2 , thats how bolton did so well . sam’s game is stopping the other team from playing , us supporters want to see our team playing . its a relationship thats never going to work out .
    wonder who our 3 senior players were who had a chat with sam about his method’s .

  • Leo

    Dec 3, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #14

    yep i agree that sam concentrates too much on the opposition, he should be looking at how we are going to push the way we play on the opposition not how do we accomodate them


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