Sam Allardyce seems upbeat after the good performance at Blackburn on Saturday but he regrets Newcastle couldnâ€™t put more of the seemingly easy chances away, in the second half.
The upcoming game against Arsenal will be really tough, but the Newcastle faithful can help big time on Wednesday night.
Sam Allardyce – regrets not scoring more goals on Saturday
Joey Barton and Oba Martins both had chances that seemed a lot easier to score then miss, as they did in thr second half on Saturday.
Sam spoke to the Evening Chronicle today and bemoaned our lack of any luck during the second half:
â€œThe most disappointing thing after all those chances is that we only scored one and ended up losing a game 3-1 we shouldnâ€™t have lost.â€ â€œWe have to be more ruthless. This is the Premier League. It will punish you, and itâ€™s done so again.â€
â€œWe got in front with a great goal from a free-kick, and were about to go 2-0 up when the referee gave offside to Charles Nâ€™Zogbia when he was actually a yard onside.â€
â€œThey go up the other end immediately and itâ€™s 1-1.â€ â€œFrom there on they came back and the next defining moment is our poor luck or finishing, whatever you want to call it.â€
â€œThereâ€™s Obaâ€™s header, and then there was Joey Barton. God knows how, but Brad Friedelâ€™s got a foot to it.â€ â€œThen, of course, Bentleyâ€™s came up with another scorching goal.â€ â€œBut we gave a very good performance, not just in stopping the opposition, but also in terms of our attacking play, which was excellent.
â€œWe left ourselves open because we were so good. Thatâ€™s the disappointing thing.â€ â€œWe gave Blackburn an opportunity to break on us because we played so well and didnâ€™t get that lead back again.â€
While Arsenal will be a different matter than Blackburn, we’ll have to hope the 52,000 fans, who will be there as usual on Wednesday evening, can conjure up a miracle. Hopefully, we can get some kind of result against the Gunners that we so desperately need. But if anyone can produce a miracle – it’s the magnificent Newcastle fans – that’s for sure.