Newcastle’s manager Sam Allardyce was delighted with his side’s win at St. James Park this afternoon, against a resolute Birmingham City side.
Sam Allardyce – had no doubts his side deserved the win
Over the last two games, before today’s game, Newcastle had done well yet had only secured a single point, which was hardly what the team had deserved against Blackburn and Arsenal. The game today was a must-win game and the lads got all 3 points with a late winner from right back Habib Beye, who is currently enjoying a good run of form.
But Newcastle made it hard for themselves again, when they gave away a poor goal in the 9th minute with Camerone Jerome the scorer, and Rozehnal being the culprit.
But Obafemi Martins equalized from the penalty spot for his 7th goal of the season after 36 minutes, before Habib Beye headed home a 90th minute winner, when he met an Emre corner. Habib headed it down and into the goal, for his first goal at the club and sent the Newcastle fans home extremely happy.
This was our first win since we beat Tottenham 3-1 on 22nd October, and while we may have been a bit lucky today, it makes up for the previous two games, and in any case, the luck tends to even itself out over the season.
But Sam was in no doubt his team deserved to win today as he talked to Sky Sports after the game:
“The enjoyment comes later on,” “The relief is always when the whistle blows and you have won a game that you deserved to win.â€
“We made hard work of it and we were our own worst enemies in the first five or ten minutes.â€ “But the reaction of the players was terrific. The fans kept with them and got behind them and they responded in the right way.â€
“We gave everything we had to find that final chance and the quality of corner was the key.â€ “Habib Beye, one of our star men, has got the goal. It was a well deserved three points in the end.”
“From here on in we have got to make sure we go down to Fulham and cut out those silly mistakes and start putting our away form right in terms of results,”
When Sam wakes up tomorrow morning he will be able to have a wry smile on his face, for a change, since his team has done extremely well taking 4 points from their last 2 home games in the last 4 days. We now have 22 points from our 16 games and are dead center in the league in 10th position.Â Time to push up that league again.
Hopefully we can take this result as a spring-board and our next game is next Saturday at Fulham, so we would hope to have one or two of our players back from injury. We expect Faye to be back in central defense for that game.