Sam Allardyce seemed quite upbeat when he talked about Newcastle today to the Newcastle Journal and Luke Edwards.
Sam thought that through the Tottenham game, which was our last victory, things were ahead of schedule, if anything, in his rebuilding of the Newcastle team and club.
Sam Allardyce – things now behind schedule at Newcastle United
But now, with just a solitary point from the 5 games since then, things are, you guessed it, now behind schedule.Â Letâ€™s take a look at what Big Sam has been saying ahead of the massive test we gave with Arsenal later today. Sam said:
â€œWeâ€™re behind schedule because we have suffered defeats which could have been avoided. I think we have not drawn the sort of games we were capable of drawing and not won the games we perhaps thought we should have done, so weâ€™re behind schedule now. â€œ
â€œIt is a period that is difficult for us. We did not expect it to happen for as long as it has, but it has. There are many different factors we could point to which have not helped our cause, but sooner, rather than later, we will get the victory which will settle us all down.â€
Any kind of result tonight against Arsenal will be extremely difficult, on form alone. But football is a funny game and stranger things have happened. The main thing is to try to hold Arsenal for as long as we can. We cannot allow them to get early goals tonight, if we are to take anything out of this game. And it is the defense the fans will want to see a big improvement in from our previous 5 games. We have leaked an amazing 13 goals in that time, which just about tells the whole story of our demise, it’s our defense yet again.
But after tonight, we have four games with teams just below us in the table â€“ Birmingham, Fulham, Derby and Wigan â€“ and all those games can be won. Maybe that’s a light at the end of the tunnel for us. Just how many games we do win of those four, will better determine just how bad a plight Sam will be in before the January transfer window, and we think will determine just how much money Big Sam will get to spend early next year.
â€œWe have had some very good performances, some average ones and some poor ones. The poor performances and results, up to the Portsmouth and Liverpool home games, itâ€™s something we had been trying to work on, certainly away from home.â€â€œThe pressure of not achieving more results away from home created a bigger burden at home and thatâ€™s what we have not been able to live up to.â€
â€œWe almost built up a reputation of â€˜we are playing at home, we are going to winâ€™ and we were getting close to that before Portsmouth and Liverpool.” â€œWithout the results away from home brings that bit more pressure. But we have to handle that pressure and get on with it. Itâ€™s up to us to turn things around.â€
But as Sam says it’s up to them to turn this around. That’s their job. both as a manager and players. That’s why the players get paid so much money these days – to win games. And as somebody said on this site, to thank the players for giving 100% on Saturday, tells you how far we have fallen in the last few weeks. For the money these players are getting they should be giving 100% every single game and showing the skill we need to win those games.
But we think the fans will be a little bit more patient tonight, against an excellent Arsenal side, but it doesn’t stop us still hoping for all 3 points.