Sam has talked today about the game against Birmingham City which will be a completely different game to that on Wednesday against Arsenal.
Sam Allardyce – different game against Birmingham tomorrow
Birmingham now have a new manager in Alex McLeish, the former Scotland and Rangers manager, and they had an excellent result last Sunday when they beat Tottenham at White Hard Lane 3-2, with the winner coming from Larsson two minutes into injury time.
So Birmingham will be full of confidence tomorrow.
This is what Sam said about the game:
â€œWhat weâ€™ve got to do is keep our feet on the ground and make sure when we come across Birmingham City, we understand that itâ€™s a completely different football match.â€ â€œWe want the fans to be as loud as they were, and for them to do that, weâ€™ve got to give the performance we did against Arsenal.â€
â€œTactically, Birmingham will come out differently so it wonâ€™t be quite as open, as Arsenal come to away matches to win them, and not just to get a good result.” â€œThey will always start by trying to get a result, and if they can nick something, like they did against Tottenham Hotspur, then thatâ€™s great for them.”
“It will be a little bit more difficult tactically by the way Birmingham might pan out, and we have to be tactically aware, and make sure weâ€™ve got the same commitment and level of performance to get from a draw to a win at home to get our season back going the right way again.
â€œEvery Premier League game isnâ€™t an easy football match. My job now is to say â€˜lads, youâ€™ve got to get back up there again.â€ “Birmingham havenâ€™t played all week, and our lads had to play on Wednesday night, so Iâ€™ve got to get them fully recovered for the big one on Saturday.â€ â€œWeâ€™ve got to try and take it on from here.â€
It will be difficult against Birmingham tomorrow, but after all these have to be the games where we pick up the points, so it will be a huge disappointment if we cannot get the win tomorrow. But if we can play like we did against Arsenal, then a similar performance against Birmingham should be enough to get all 3 points. But the game will not be easy and Newcastle will have to be at their best again.
But we do expect to take the points tomorrow, and it doesn’t have to be pretty. But we must win, whichever way we can.
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