Sam Wary of Confident Birmingham

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:

“What we’ve got to do is keep our feet on the ground and make sure when we come across Birmingham City, we understand that it’s a completely different football match.” “We want the fans to be as loud as they were, and for them to do that, we’ve got to give the performance we did against Arsenal.”

“Tactically, Birmingham will come out differently so it won’t be quite as open, as Arsenal come to away matches to win them, and not just to get a good result.” “They will always start by trying to get a result, and if they can nick something, like they did against Tottenham Hotspur, then that’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 we’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.

“Every Premier League game isn’t an easy football match. My job now is to say ‘lads, you’ve got to get back up there again.” “Birmingham haven’t played all week, and our lads had to play on Wednesday night, so I’ve got to get them fully recovered for the big one on Saturday.” “We’ve got to try and take it on from here.”

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.

Comments always welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Steve_48

    Dec 7, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Almost same team as Wednesday for me, swap Zog and Milder to LHS and RHS respectively, bring in Enrique @ LB and let’s get in amongst them from the whistle.

    Wednesday night was a fantastic match to watch the best for quite some time as contributors to this site will no doubt support, let’s keep the momentum and give the North East something to smile about on Monday

  • smc894

    Dec 7, 2007 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree with steve. Hopefully we dont end up with anymore injuries in defense though, after playing twice in one week.

  • Leo

    Dec 7, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #3

    i think it may be a hard game against birmingham, new manager. the players are going to want to really show the new manager how good they are, i just hope that we can put them under the cosh from early on

  • Hadrian

    Dec 7, 2007 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #4

    FFS ! there he go’s with the draw talk again , and at home to boot!!!
    just managed to ease a little pressure of himself and then he go’s and starts digging his own grave again , drawing with birmingham at home … pffft .

  • Dirk

    Dec 7, 2007 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #5

    hadrian he aint talking about drawing, he said we need to get from a draw to a win so shut the f**k up

  • Bosck

    Dec 7, 2007 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #6

    hadrian read it properly first before you lay in to him.

    he said we need to “make sure we’ve got the same commitment and level of performance to get from a draw (against arsenal) to a win (against birmingham) at home to get our season back going the right way again”

    I think he assumed that he didnt need to mention the teams against as we should be able to work that out for ourselves……

  • steve-0

    Dec 7, 2007 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle 1- 3 Birmingham
    Taykor Larrson
    Forssell 2

  • toonoholic

    Dec 7, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #8

    he was right about birmingham coming for a just a ‘result’ . they would be happy to even pick up a point and remain undefeated . However we must go all guns against them coz
    SECONDLY get those 3 points
    THIRDLY start our dreams of europe again


  • scott 9

    Dec 7, 2007 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #9

    it will be a tough game but if we turn up i think we will take all 3 point considering our defense plays well and also martins plays

  • ToonKing

    Dec 7, 2007 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Whatever we do we need and early goal, in the first half is the maximum. We won’t be able to keep the pressure on the entire game after the stamina burn wednesday.

    We must kill this game off in the first half.


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