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 Newcastleâ€™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:
â€œThe players gave their all at Blackburn and I canâ€™t ask for more than that,â€ â€œI just hope itâ€™s the same again against Arsenal because if weâ€™re playing like that, the fans will be right behind us.”
â€œIf we give a committed performance, like we did at Blackburn, there wonâ€™t be a problem with the fans. The effort and commitment was there and it was hard to take the result.â€
â€œThatâ€™s what weâ€™re playing for, results and points. But weâ€™ve got to take the positives. We have to keep that belief and confidence.â€
â€œWe felt it for the first time against Liverpool, but you have to accept whatever comes your way as a professional,â€ â€œYou canâ€™t let it affect you. You have to perform under pressure.”
â€œWeâ€™ve got two big home games on the trot, and weâ€™ve got to make sure we get something out of them. If we can do that it will lift everyone before the Christmas period.â€
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.
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