Sam talks to the press every day now and inevitably he is forced to defend his position at the club, and not surprisingly heâ€™s been doing that today too.
Samâ€™s right to point out that until the Reading game we were doing well and had our best start in 10 years.
Sam Allardyce – trying to be positive with the players
Itâ€™s since the Reading game that we have taken one point from 5 games and the rot has set in.
Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
â€œThereâ€™s no point beating about the bush â€“ yes Iâ€™m under the cosh, yes Iâ€™ve got to get results sooner rather than later and yes weâ€™re having a bad time in terms of results, but it can be turned around as quick as itâ€™s gone bad, because it didnâ€™t look like it was going to go so bad, did it?â€
â€œWe beat Tottenham comfortably (on October 22, Newcastleâ€™s last win), we got back-to-back wins and everything might not have been rosy, but it looked better than I might have imagined. We were still shipping silly goals but overcoming that with our firepower.â€
It looks like both Abdoulaye Faye and Stephen Carr will not be available for tomorrowâ€™s game against Arsenal, but Big Sam is hoping he can have Steven Taylor back from his back problems, which he aggravated when on England Under-21 duty.
It would look like the back four could be Taylor, Rozehnal, Beye and Nâ€™Zogbia for tomorrow night, but weâ€™d like to see Enrique play at left back, so Charles is freed up to play on the left wing. Sam went on:
â€œI donâ€™t feel very good because the burden lies on me more than anyone else, thatâ€™s the nature of the job,â€ â€œBut Iâ€™m old enough to not reflect that in everyday life. The playersâ€™ belief is something I have to reinforce. Thatâ€™s not going to be done by me walking around looking miserable or screaming and shouting.”
“Thatâ€™s the last thing they need at the moment.” â€œThey need constructive criticism if thatâ€™s the right thing to do and positive attitudes. Thatâ€™ll get them back to positive performances on a regular basis.â€
The Arsenal game is rapidly approaching and stranger things have happened than Newcastle somehow managing to get all 3 points tomorrow night. Form would suggest Arsenal should win rather easily, but they will have one or two of their big guns missing tomorrow, and we need some heroes on the Newcastle team. We’ll see shortly if some can step up tomorrow night.
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